Galapagos Species Checklist

Carcharhinus limbatus (Müller & Henle, 1839)

tiburón punta negra, tiburón macuira, tiburón volador, Blacktip shark

Adult male of Carcharhinus limbatus, Darwin's Arch, Galapagos. Photo: Sofia Green, CDF.
Adult male of Carcharhinus limbatus, Darwin's Arch, Galapagos. Photo: Sofia Green, CDF.

Black tips and edging fade with age and may be indestinct, especieally on first dorsal. Silvery brown to gray on back, fanding to white underside. Size: Largest individual measured 2.55 m

Habitat: Prefer inshore waters and lagoons, cruise over rocky reefs, boulder strewn slopes and along walls. Occasionally large schools in surface water

Taxonomy

Domain
Eukaryota

Kingdom
Animalia

Phylum
Chordata

Class
Chondrichthyes (= Elasmobranchii)

Order
Carcharhiniformes

Suborder
Galeomorphi

Family
Carcharhinidae

Genus
Carcharhinus

Species
limbatus

Taxon category: Accepted

Syn.: Carcharhinus natator Meek & Hildebrand, 1923, Carcharias abbreviatus Klunzinger, 1871, Carcharias aethalorus Jordan & Gilbert, 1882, Carcharias ehrenbergi Klunzinger, 1871, Carcharias limbatus Müller & Henle, 1839, Carcharias maculipinna Günther, 1868, Carcharias microps Lowe, 1841, Carcharias muelleri Steindachner, 1867, Carcharias phorcys Jordan & Evermann, 1903, Carcharias pleurotaenia Bleeker, 1852, Eulamia pleurotaenia (Bleeker, 1852), Gymnorhinus abbreviatus (Klunzinger, 1871), fide Appeltans et al. (2010)

Status

Near threatened

Distribution

Distribution: eastern Pacific; Widespread in tropical and subtropical Pacific; in the eastern Pacific from California and the lower Gulf of California to Peru, also Revillagigedos and Ecuador in the Galápagos Islands.

References

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  • Humann, P. Deloach, N. (2003) Reef Fish Identification - Galapagos. New World Publication, Inc. Florida USA & Libri Mundi, Quito, Ecuador, 226 pp.
  • Appeltans, W. Bouchet, P., Boxshall, G.A., Fauchald, K., Gordon, D.P., Hoeksema, B.W., Poore, G.C.B., van Soest, R.W.M., Stöhr, S., Walter, T.C., Costello, M.J. (eds.) (2010) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS). Available online at http://www.marinespecies.org.
  • IUCN (2010) IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.1. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 26 April 2010.
  • Burgess, H.G. Branstetter, S. (2005) Carcharhinus limbatus www.iucnredlist.org
  • Froese, R. Pauly, D. (eds.) (2010) FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org
  • McCosker, J.E. Rosenblatt, R.H. (2010) The fishes of the Galápagos Archipelago: an update. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sc., Ser. 4, vol. 61, Suppl. II, no. 11: 167-195.
  • Banks, S. Vera, M. & Chiriboga, A. (2009) Establishing Reference Points to Assess Long-Term Change in Zooxanthellate Coral Communities of the Northern Galapagos Coral Reefs. J. Sci. Conserv. in the Galapagos Islands, p. 43-64.
  • Constant, P. (2007) Marine Life of the Galapagos. The Diver's guide to Fishes, Whales, Dolphins and marine Invertebrates, 307 pp.

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