Common Name: Silvertip Shark

Scientific Name: Carcharhinus albimarginatus

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Chondrichthyes

Order: Carcharhiniformes

Family: Carcharhinidae

Genus: Carcharhinus

Species: C. albimarginatus


The species Carcharhinus albimarginatus is also known as the silvertip shark. The average size for a silvertip shark is 2m to 2.5m with the maximum being approximately 3m long. The maximum weight for a silvertip shark is 162.2 kg. The coloration of this shark is dark grey. The underbelly is white and there are white tips on all the fins.


The silvertip shark is found in East Africa, Madagascar, Southern Japan, Australia, Colombia and other places. The silver tip shark feed mainly on a variety of fishes which are rays, small sharks and occasionally cephalopods, tuna and other water fishes. The silvertip sharks' predators are large piscivorous fishes and other sharks. Also, the silvertip shark lives at a depth of about 2,625 feet. An interesting fact, about this shark, is that has a long rounded snout and the eyes are large and round.


Author: Joanna G

Published: 02/2009

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