Prominent white tips on fins and tail. Differs from Triaenodon obsesus (whitetip reef shark) by its more powerful body, small 2nd dorsal and anal fins, and more extensive white markings around tail fin, particularly lower lobe. Differs from C. longimanus (oceanic whitetip shark - not shown) by its relatively small triangular 1st dorsal fin. Occasionally sighted on oceanic reef drop-offs.
Max Size: 300 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 22.5-30.9°C
Habitat: Coral Reef, Open ocean
Threats: By-catch, Exploitation
IUCN Threat Status: Near Threatened
Occurrence: Infrequent (3% of sites)
Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution.
It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed
Abundance: Solitary (1 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.
Edit by: extract from RD Stuart-Smith, GJ Edgar, AJ Green, IV Shaw. 2015. Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland