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Whitetip Reef Shark

whitetip reef shark

© Stewart Forbes

Class: Chondrichthyes


Family: Carcharhinidae

Scientific Name: Triaenodon obesus

IUCN Red List status: Near Threatened

Protected by the following WLT projects:


Species Range (IUCN)


With white tips on the first dorsal and upper caudal fins the Whitetip Reef Shark is suitably named. This small shark is slender with a broad, flattened head and rounded snout. It is grey-brown in colour, fading to white on the underside.


The Whitetip Reef Shark typically lives along the bottom of clear tropical waters near coral reefs throughout the Indian and Pacific oceans.

Threats and Conservation

Despite its wide range, its restricted habitat make the population vulnerable to over-fishing for its meat.

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