Carcharhinus limbatus (Blacktip shark)
(Valenciennes, in Müller & Henle, 1839)
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Carcharhinus limbatus (Blacktip shark) [Illustration
by Ann Hecht ©]
A stout grey shark with a long narrow pointed
snout, high 1st dorsal fin, narrow-cusped erect upper teeth, long
gill slits, no interdorsal ridge, and often abruptly black fin tips.
White on underside, adults may lack black tips.
To 2.6 m TL.
East and southwest coast, Cape Point to Mozambique; circumtropical.
Close inshore in shallow bays and
estuaries, down to about 30 m.
Common off Natal but ranging
to the Cape coast in summer. Bears 1 to 10 young. Feeds mostly on
pelagic and demersal bony fish including Spanish mackerel, grunters,
sea bream, kob, ladyfish, and sole, also small sharks and rays,
cuttlefish, and rock lobsters.
Sometimes harasses spearfishing divers and steals their catches. It is commonly caught
by anglers in Natal, and in the shark nets.