Blacktip Reef Shark
Black tip reef shark
Carcharhinus melanopterus

(Quoy & Gaimard, 1824)

Range Indian Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea
Estimated Population Decreasing
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Chondrichthyes
Order Carcharhiniformes
Family Carcharhinidae
Genus Carcharhinus
Species • C. melanopterus
Conservation Status
(IUCN 3.1)
Near Threatened

The Blacktip Reef Shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus) is a reef dwelling shark found in Indo-Pacific areas and around the shoreline of the Indian Ocean.

This shark is a Requiem Shark, in the family of Carcharhinidae, and can be easily identified by a large black spot on the tip of the dorsal and caudal fins (hence the name "Balcktip Reef Shark").

This shark is known to be able to stay in the same area for several years, and likes reefs and Sandy Flats.


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Marine Marine HabitatsAquariumsGlobal OceansOcean Weather
Vertebrate FishesMammalsReptilesAmphibiansCartilaginous FishesSharks
Invertebrate ArthropodMolluscaEchinodermsCnidaria
Conservation Status Critically EndangeredEndangeredNear ThreatenedVulnerableLeast ConcernData DeficientNot Evaluated

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