BLACKTIP SHARK

Carcharhinus limbatus

SIZE

To about 6.5 ft (2m).

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

DISTRIBUTION

MA to Brazil, including Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea. Rare north of DE

HABITAT

Shallow coastal and continental shelf waters; surface offshore. Common near river mouths, bays, and estuaries.

SIMILAR SPECIES

Sandbar shark, bignose shark, and silky shark have interdorsal ridges. Finetooth shark has unmarked fins. Spinner shark, most difficult to distinguish, has fairly small first dorsal fin originating at or just behind free tips of pectoral fins, black-tipped anal fin in specimens > 2.6 ft (0.8m). Bull sharkBull shark has shorter snout, first dorsal fin rearward sloping; fins not usually black-tipped.

MORE INFORMATION

Guide to Sharks, Tunas, & Billfishes of the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.
Text descriptions taken from Guide to Sharks, Tunas, & Billfishes of the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico

Ichthyology at the Florida Museum of Natural History

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(File Modified Sep. 13 2011)