Carcharhinus hemiodon

(MÜLLER & HENLE, 1839)

Pondicherry shark
Classification: Elasmobranchii Carcharhiniformes Carcharhinidae

Reference of the original description
MÜLLER, J. & HENLE, F.G.J. (1841)
Systematische Beschreibung der Plagiostomen. Berlin, Veit, pp. 1-200

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Carcharhinus hemiodon (MÜLLER&HENLE,1839)

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Carcharhinus watu, Carcharias hemiodon, Carcharias watu, Carcharias (Hypoprion) hemiodon, Carcharinus watu, Hypoprion atripinnis, Hypoprion hemiodon, Squalus (Hypoprion) hemiodon

Carcharhinus hemiodon
Lectotype: MNHN: 0000-1040; Paralectotype: MNHN: 0000-1042; MNHN: A-7774;
Hypoprion atripinnis
Holotype: SFC: 132-306-2 Paratype: SFC: SFC: 35980 SFC: 132-306-1 SFC: 54-157


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Common names
spa Tiburón de Pondicherry, fra \(T\) Requin baliai, fra \(T\) Requin-baliai, eng Long nosed shark, eng Pondicherry shark

Short Description
Grey above, white below, with the tips of the pectorals, and upper and lower caudal-fin lobes black; other fins dusky [544].

Indo-West Pacific: Gulf of Oman to Pakistan, India, and possibly Sri Lanka. Scattered localities from the eastern Indian Ocean and the western Pacific ranging from India to New Guinea. Source:

Human uses
fisheries: subsistence fisheries

Distinct pairing with embrace [17086]. Viviparous, placental [733]. A little-known shark found on the continental and insular shelves. Reports from river mouths and rivers are based on old records that need verification. Probably feeds on small fishes, cephalopods, and crustaceans.

Size / Weight / Age
200 cm TL (male/unsexed; [544])

demersal; amphidromous [17660]; brackish; marine