Carcharhinus melanopterus

Black-tip Reef Shark

The most distinct feature is the rounded apex with black blotches on their first dorsal fin and on their lower lobe of caudal fin.

  • Kingdom Animalia
  • Class Elasmobranchii
  • Order Carcharhiniformes
  • Family Carcharhinidae
  • Genus Carcharhinus
  • Species melanopterus

Often found nearshore in shallow water coral reefs and intertidal zone, the black-tip reef sharks are active strong swimmers which move alone or in a small group. They feed mainly on fish but also crustaceans, cepholopods and other mollusks.

The Black-tip is the species of reef shark commonly seen in Kapas. With short, blunt and rounded snout, they posses oval-shape eyes and narrow-cusped teeth. They have light brown-grey on the top half with white bottom.

The most distinct feature is the rounded apex with black blotches on their first dorsal fin and on their lower lobe of caudal fin. The black tips also appears on the edges of it's second dorsal fin, anal fin, pectoral fins and caudal fin.

The adults grow up to 1.6 – 2m, with average females are larger in size compare to the males. Although generally very timid when approached, the black-tips can be hazardly towards spearfishers and people wading in water.