Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Elasmobranchii > Order: Carcharhiniformes > Family: Carcharhinidae > Genus: Carcharhinus > Species: Carcharhinus melanopterus

Blacktip reef shark - Carcharhinus melanopterus (Quoy & Gaimard, 1824)

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Threat status Europe Not evaluated (IUCN)

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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

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Near Threatened


Not evaluated


Not evaluated

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered

EU conservation status

The EU conservation status is assessed for species mentioned in the EU Habitats Directive annexes. The EU Habitats Directive does not cover this species.

Natura 2000 sites

Not available

Legal status

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Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Blacktip reef shark English Fishbase
Mustaevähai Finnish Fishbase
Peshkaqen Albanian Fishbase
Requin pointes noires French Fishbase
Tiburón de puntas negras Spanish Fishbase
Tubarão negro Portuguese Fishbase
Synonym Author
Carcharias melanopterus Quoy & Gaimard, 1824
Carcharias elegans Ehrenberg, 1871
Carcharias marianensis Engelhardt, 1912
Carcharias playfairii Günther, 1870
Hypoprion playfairi (Günther, 1870)
Squalus commersonii Blainville, 1816
Mapolamia spallanzanii (non Peron & Lesueur, 1822)
Carcharinus melanoptera (Quoy & Gaimard, 1824)
Carcharinus melanopterus (Quoy & Gaimard, 1824)
Squalus ustus Duméril, 1824
Squalus carcharias minor Forsskål, 1775
Carcharias commersoni (Blainville, 1816)

Other resources

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PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
Wikipedia Wikipedia
WoRMS World Register of Marine Species

External data

No external data sets available for this species
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