Carcharhinus longimanus

FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
CarcharhinidaeCarcharhinus longimanus(Poey)1861Oceanic Whitetip Shark

All Carcharhinus — Upper labial folds short to rudimentary, almost vertical at mouth corners. Spiracles usually absent. Lateral keels usually absent. Second dorsal fin considerably smaller than first, height 0.2-0.5 times first dorsal-fin height. Midlength of first dorsal-fin base usually closer to pectoral-fin insertions than to pelvic-fin origins, sometimes equidistant between pectoral and pelvic-fin bases. No gill rakers. Back grey, blue-grey, or brownish. Preanal ridges very short or absent.

Carcharhinus longimanus

Unique Characters: Pectoral and first dorsal fins very broad distally and broadly rounded apically, only slightly tapering toward their apices. Most fin tips mottled white in adults, also black-tipped and with black dorsal saddle-marks on the caudal peduncle in juveniles.

Similar Species: None.

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