Carcharhinus altimus   (Springer,  1950) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Elasmobranchii

Image copyrights: Pedro Niny

Size: 240cm-300cm

A large benthic shark with slender body and long rounded or bluntly pointed snout. Prominent anterior nasal flaps, high triangular serrated teeth, moderately high first dorsal fin and straight pectoral fin. High interdorsal ridge. No conspicuous markings on fins.

Synonym (s)
Carcharhinus radamae Fourmanoir, 1961
(Junior synonym)
Carcharinus altimus (Springer, 1950)
Carcharinus radamae Fourmanoir, 1961
Eulamia altima Springer, 1950

Common Name (s)
• Bignose Shark (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fishmeal, oil and shagreen; Liver oil for Vitamin.)

Habitat:  Reef Associated
Prey:  Bony fishes, small shark, rays and cuttle fish.


• Red Sea

Literature Source(s)
  • 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 -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Pillai, PKM and Augustine, SK (2000) A code list of common marine living resources of the Indian seas CMFRI Special Publication No.12 CMFRI 1-115 Available at -
  • Discover life Available at -

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