Carcharhinus amblyrhynchoides   (Whitley,  1934) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Elasmobranchii

Image copyrights: FAO

Size: 161 cm TL (male/unsexed); 167 cm TL (female)

Color: Grey or grey-brown on dorsal surface, white or cream below, with a conspicuous band of white on sides from pelvic fins to first dorsal fin; pectoral, dorsal and pelvic fins, and ventral lobe of caudal fin black or dusky-tipped, sometimes inconspicuously.

A medium-sized stout shark. Snout pointed but short, its length less than mouth width, 1.0 to 1.2 times internasal space; labial furrows very short; anterior nasal flaps very low; no spiracles; upper and lower teeth with serrated edges, including cusps, upper teeth with narrow cusps, and no prominent clisplets, not, broadly triangular, cusps of upper anterior teeth erect, laterals erect to oblique; lower teeth erect and narrow-cusped. First dorsal fin moderately high, with an angular or narrowly rounded apex and short inner margin, its origin over inner margins of pectoral fins; origin of second dorsal fin about opposite anal fin origin; second dorsal fin moderately high, its inner margin less than twice its height, its posterior margin concave; pectoral fins moderately long and falcate, with narrow, pointed tips. No dermal ridge between dorsal fins.

Viviparous, size at birth about 52 to 55 cm.

Synonym (s)
Carcharhinus brevipinna (non Muller & Henle, 1839)
(Misapplied name)
Carcharhinus limbatus (non Muller & Henle, 1839)
(Misapplied name)
Carcharhinus pleurotaenia (Bleeker, 1852)
(Junior synonym)
Carcharias pleurotaenia Bleeker, 1852
(Junior synonym)
Gillisqualus amblyrhynchoides Whitley, 1934
(Senior synonym)

Common Name (s)
• Grey Reef Shark (English)
• Queensland Shark (English)
• Graceful Shark (English)
• Graced Shark (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial, Dangers
(Fisheries; utilized fresh and dried salted for human consumption; fins used in the oriental shark fin trade; liver oil processed for vitamins.

Habitat:  Pelagic, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Fishes, crustaceans and cephalopods
IUCN Status:  NearThreatened


• Kerala, Kochi INDIA (Record: 2000-2002)

Literature Source(s)
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  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
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  • Raje, SG; Sivakami, S; Mohanraj, G; Manoj Kumar, PP; Raju, A and Joshi, KK (2007) An atlas on the Elasmobranch fishery resources of India CMFRI Special publication CMFRI, Cochin, India. 95 253pp Available at -
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