Blacktip reef shark

Graceful and stealthy, these reef dwellers navigate the coral maze with finesse, showcasing their iconic black-tipped fins

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One striking feature of the blacktip reef shark is its appearance, with black-tipped fins that contrast against its pale grey or bronze body. These sharks are relatively small in size, typically reaching lengths of around 1.2 – 1.5 m (4 – 5 ft). They are well-adapted to their reef habitats, possessing a slender body shape and a streamlined profile that allows them to navigate through coral reefs with agility and precision.

Blacktip reef sharks are known for their remarkable swimming abilities, effortlessly manoeuvring through intricate coral formations. They possess strong, muscular bodies and powerful tails that enable them to swim swiftly and maintain agility in pursuit of prey. As opportunistic predators, they have a diverse diet consisting of small fish, squid, octopus, and crustaceans. They are excellent hunters, utilizing their keen senses of sight, smell, and electroreception to detect and track their prey.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Indian Ocean
2020
Pacific Ocean
2020
Mediterranean Sea
2020
Black Sea
2020
Red Sea
2020
American Samoa
2020
Australia
2020
Bangladesh
2020
British Indian T.
2020
Brunei
2020
Cambodia
2020
China
2020
Christmas Island
2020
Cocos Is. (Keeling)
2020
Comoros
2020
Cook Islands
2020
Costa Rica
2020
Cocos I.
Djibouti
2020
East Timor
2020
Egypt
2020
Eritrea
2020
Fiji
2020
French Polynesia
2020
Guam
2020
Hong Kong
2020
India
2020
Indonesia
2020
Iran
2020
Iraq
2020
Israel
2020
Japan
2020
Kenya
2020
Kiribati
2020
Madagascar
2020
Malaysia
2020
Maldives
2020
Marshall Islands
2020
Mauritius
2020
Mayotte
2020
Micronesia
2020
Mozambique
2020
Myanmar
2020
Nauru
2020
New Caledonia
2020
Niue
2020
Nort. Mariana Is.
2020
Oman
2020
Pakistan
2020
Palau
2020
Papua New Guinea
2020
Philippines
2020
Qatar
2020
Réunion
2020
Samoa
2020
Saudi Arabia
2020
Seychelles
2020
Singapore
2020
Solomon Islands
2020
Somalia
2020
South Africa
2020
Sri Lanka
2020
Sudan
2020
Taiwan
2020
Tanzania
2020
Thailand
2020
Tokelau
2020
Tonga
2020
Tunisia
2020
Seasonality Uncertain
Tuvalu
2020
UAE
2020
US Minor Is.
2020
Vanuatu
2020
Vietnam
2020
Wallis & Futuna
2020
Yemen
2020

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal (size) / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No