Carcharhinus tilstoni

(WHITLEY, 1950)

Australian blacktip shark
Classification: Elasmobranchii Carcharhiniformes Carcharhinidae

Reference of the original description
WHITLEY, G.P. (1950)
A new shark from north-western Australia. Western Australian Naturalist, 2 (5): 100-105

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Carcharhinus tilsoni, Galeolamna pleurotaenia tilstoni

Carcharhinus tilstoni
Holotype: AMS: IB.2421; AMS: IB.2421.001; AMS: IB.2421.002; Paratype: AMS: IB.2552; AMS: IB.3803; AMS: IB.3803.001;


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Common names
eng Australian blacktip shark, eng Blacktip shark, eng Blacktip whaler, eng Tilston"s whaler shark, eng Whitley"s blacktip shark

Short Description
Back dark grey, ashy blue or dusky bronze; belly white or yellowish white; a dark band extending rearward along each side to about over origin of pelvic fin; tips of pelvic fins with a persistent black spot [544].

Indo-West Pacific: currently known only from the continental shelf of tropical Australia. Very similar to Carcharhinus limbatus and reliably distinguished only by biochemical studies and vertebral counts (Ref. 9819).

Human uses
fisheries: minor commercial; price category: medium; price reliability: very questionable: based on ex-vessel price for species in this family

Viviparous, placental [733]. The average litter size is 3, with a range of 1-6, average total length at birth is 60 cm. Pups are born in January after a 10-month gestation period. These sharks breed once each year [4209]. Distinct pairing with embrace [17086]. Occurs on the continental shelf (Ref. 75154). Found throughout the water column [1388]. Feeding depth changes with shark size [4209].

Size / Weight / Age
200 cm TL (male/unsexed; [544]); max. published weight: 52.0 kg (Ref. 6390); max. reported age: 12 years (Ref. 6390)

pelagic-neritic; brackish; marine; depth range ? - 150 m [1388]

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Fossobothrium perplexum BEVERIDGE & CAMPBELL, 2005 [17827]

  • Perissopus dentatus STEENSTRUP & LÜTKEN, 1861 [16569]