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











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)

Taxon origin: Native


Near threatened


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.


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