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Whitetip Reef Shark

Whitetip Reef Shark by Stewart Forbes
Triaenodon obesus
Class: 
Chondrichthyes
Order: 
Carcharhiniformes
Family: 
Carcharhinidae
IUCN Red List status: 
Near Threatened

Description

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.

Habitat

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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