Carcharhinus brevipinna

(Müller & Henle, 1839)

Spinner 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

Image of the original description

Carcharhinus brevipinna (Müller & Henle, 1838)

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Aprionodon brevipinna, Aprionodon caparti, Carcharhinus aff. maculipinnis, Carcharhinus brevipina, Carcharhinus brevipinna, Carcharhinus brevipinna brevipinna, Carcharhinus cf. brevipinna, Carcharhinus johnsoni, Carcharhinus maculipinnis, Carcharias brevipinna, Carcharias maculipinnis, Carcharias (Aprion) brevipinna, Carcharias (Aprionodon) brevipinna, Carcharias (Prionodon) brevipinna, Carcharinus brevipinna, Carcharinus johnsoni, Isogomphodon maculipinnis, Longmania brevipinna, Longmania calamaria, Platypodon maculipinnis, Squalus brevipinna, Squalus (Aprion) brevipinna, Uranga nasuta

Carcharhinus brevipinna
Holotype: RMNH: D2525
Aprionodon caparti
Holotype: IRSNB: 97; Paratype: IRSNB: 98; MRAC: 80255;
Carcharinus johnsoni
Holotype: SAIAB: 422; Paratype: SAIAB: 430;
Isogomphodon maculipinnis
XXXX: No types known;
Longmania calamaria
Holotype: WAM: P.2526-001(not found in 2009)
Uranga nasuta
Holotype: AMS: IB.1222;

Description :

Citation: Carcharhinus brevipinna (Müller & Henle, 1839): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 02/2024

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Carcharhinus brevipinna (Müller & Henle, 1839), STL 110 cm, northern Gulf of Mexico © Bryan Huerta
Common names
spa Jaqueton, spa Tiburon aleta negra, spa Tiburón de aleta negra, spa Tiburón de arrecife, fra \(T\) Requin nene pointe, fra \(T\) Requin tisserand, eng Blacktipped shark, eng Great blacktip shark, eng Inkytail shark, eng Large blacktip shark, eng Long-nose grey shark, eng Longnose grey shark, eng Longnose grey whaler, eng Shark, eng Smoothfang shark, eng Spinner Shark, ita Squalo pinnacorta, ita Squalo spinner, ita Squalo tessitore, por Cação, por Cação galha preta, por Cação-agulha-preta, por Galha-preta, por Machote, por Marracho barbatana negra, por Serra-garoupa, por Sucuri-de-ponta-petra, por Tubarão-tecelão

Short Description
A slender shark with a long, narrow, pointed snout, long gill slits and small, narrow-cusped teeth; first dorsal fin small; no interdorsal ridge; labial furrows longer than in any other grey shark [536]. Grey above, white below, with a conspicuous white band on sides; second dorsal, anal, undersides of pectorals and lower caudal-fin lobe black or dark grey-tipped in subadults and adults, but unmarked or nearly so in small individuals [544].

Western Atlantic: North Carolina, USA to northern Gulf of Mexico and the Bahamas, then from southern Brazil to northern Argentina. Reported from Cuba [20078]. Eastern Atlantic: Spain to Namibia, including the southern Mediterranean Sea. Indo-West Pacific: Red Sea south to South Africa and eastward to Indonesia, north to Japan, south to Australia. Often referred to as Carcharhinus limbatus in the past. Source:

Human uses
fisheries: commercial; gamefish: yes

Viviparous, with a yolk-sac placenta; bears up to 20 young [536]; 3-15 pups [2539]. Size at birth 60 to 80 cm [1388]. Distinct pairing with embrace [17086]. Occurs on the continental shelf (Ref. 75154). A carnivore [17641].

Size / Weight / Age
300 cm TL (male/unsexed; [20084]); max. published weight: 89.7 kg (Ref. 40637)

reef-associated; oceanodromous [17660]; marine; depth range 0 - 100 m [17657], usually 0 - ? m (Ref. 55179)

shark-references Species-ID=729;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Callitetrarhynchus gracilis (Rudolphi, 1819) Pintner, 1931 [32402]
  • Heteronybelinia estigmena (Dollfus, 1960) [21718]
  • Paraorygmatobothrium sp. [16909]
  • Phoreiobothrium sp. [16909]
  • Scyphophyllidium bullardi (Ruhnke, Daniel & Jensen, 2020) [28796]
  • Scyphophyllidium deburonae (Ruhnke, Daniel & Jensen, 2020) [28796]
  • Scyphophyllidium mattisi (Ruhnke, Daniel & Jensen, 2020) [28796]
  • Triloculatum bullardi Caira & Jensen, 2009 [7582] [16909]

  • Anisakis typica (Diesing, 1860) Baylis, 1920 [25785]