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Triaenodon obesus

Rüppell, 1837

Whitetip reef shark


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Latin name : Triaenodon obesus (Rüppell, 1837)
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Classification : Chondrichthyes ( Cartilaginous fishes, sharks, rays )
Name : Requin corail
Requin gris de récif à pointe blanche
Name : Whitetip reef shark
Main identification characters
A small, slender shark with an extremely short, broad snout, oval eyes, and conspicuous white tips on the 1st dorsal (sometimes 2nd) and upper caudal fins; 2nd dorsal almost as large as 1st; no interdorsal ridge. Spiracles usually present, teeth 47-50/ 44-46, in at least 2 functional rows. Grey above, lighter below and sometimes with dark spots on sides. First dorsal-fin lobe and dorsal caudal-fin lobe with conspicuous white tips, second dorsal-fin lobe and ventral caudal-fin lobe often white-tipped.

Max size : 2m.
Possible confusions
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Feeds on benthic animals such as fishes, octopi, spiny lobsters and crabs.
Cycle of life / Reproduction
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Interaction with other species
Rarely reported to attack humans, but is potentially dangerous especially when fish had been speared.

The liver of this shark has been reported as toxic.

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Souvent posé sur le fond, en particulier dans les passes et les grottes.
Geographical distribution
Indo-Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa to Indonesia and the Arafura Sea, north to Ryukyu and Ogasawara islands, south to New South Wales (Australia), New Caledonia, and the Austral and Pitcairn islands; throughout Micronesia.

Eastern Pacific: Cocos and Galapagos islands, Panama to Costa Rica.
Websites :
http://www.fishbase.org/Summary/SpeciesSummary.cfm?genusname=Triaenodo [...]

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Data sheet written by Christophe Naslain , 7/10/2003

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