Silvertip Shark

Creature Feature – Silvertip Shark

The Silvertip shark is a large species of requiem sharks (sharks of the family Carcharhinidae, such as the bull shark, whitetip shark and blue shark) and is easily be distinguished by the prominent white margins on their fins.

Silvertip shark

Taxonomy

Scientific Name: Carcharhinus albimarginatus

Phylum: Chordata

Order: Carcharhiniformes

Family: Carcharinidae

Genus: Carcharinus

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Silvertip Shark Fact File

? Size: Individuals can reach a length of 3m and weigh up to 163kg

? Distribution: This species has a wide distribution throughout the tropical Indo-Pacific but is absent from several areas e.g., the Red Sea and the Hawaiian Islands

? Diet: Aggressive apex predators, they feed mainly on fishes, also rays (including eagle rays), cephalopods, and small sharks

? Behaviour: Mating behaviour includes distinct pairing and occurs during the summer months in the southern hemisphere. The mode of reproduction is viviparous (live young)

? IUCN Status: Vulnerable. These are slow-growing sharks, and remote populations are likely to be highly vulnerable to target fisheries for meat or fins, particularly if they have a limited dispersion between populations