Carcharhinus cautus

(Whitley, 1945)

Nervous shark
Classification: Elasmobranchii Carcharhiniformes Carcharhinidae

Reference of the original description
Whitley, G.P. (1945)
New sharks and fishes from Western Australia. Part 2. Australian Zoologist, 11(1), 1–41

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Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Galeolamna cauta , Galeolamna greyi cauta

Carcharhinus cautus
Holotype: AMS: IB.1622; AMS: IB.1622.001; AMS: IB.1622.002;

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Common names
spa Tiburón nervioso, fra \(T\) Requin nerveux, eng Nervous shark, eng Sharks Bay whaler shark

Short Description
Grey or light brown above, white below; dorsal, caudal, and pectoral fins with black margins, expanded apically to black tips on caudal fin lobes and pectoral fins; probably a conspicuous white band on flank [544].

Western Pacific: southern New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and northern Australia (including Western Australia, Ref. 7300). Source:

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]. Size at birth between 35 and 39 cm [517]. Distinct pairing with embrace [17086]. Occurs on the continental shelf (Ref. 75154).

Size / Weight / Age
150 cm TL (male/unsexed; [517]); 150 cm TL (female)

reef-associated; marine

shark-references Species-ID=733;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Kudoa carcharhini Gleeson, Bennett & Adlard, 2010 [21484]

  • Otobothrium alexanderi Palm, 2004 [17826]
  • Otobothrium mugilis Hiscock, 1954 [17826]
  • Paraorygmatobothrium sp. [25840]
  • Scyphophyllidium ullmanni (Cutmore, Bennett, Miller & Cribb, 2017) [25840]