Carcharhinus dussumieri

(Valenciennes in Müller & Henle, 1839)

Whitecheek 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 dussumieri (Müller & Henle, 1839)

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Carcharhinus cf. dussumieri, Carcharias dussumieri, Carcharias malabaricus, Carcharias (Prionodon) dussumieri, Carcharinus dussumieri, Eulamia dussumieri, Squalus (Carcharinus) dussumieri

Carcharhinus dussumieri
Lectotype: MNHN: 1135; Paralectotype: MNHN: 1136; ZMB: 4464 China
Carcharias malabaricus
Syntype: AMS: I.61;

Description :

Citation: Carcharhinus dussumieri (Valenciennes in Müller & Henle, 1839): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 03/2024

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Common names
spa Tiburón cariblanco, fra \(T\) Requin nene pointe, fra \(T\) Requin à joues blanches, eng Blacktip shark, eng Coates" shark, eng White check shark, eng White cheeked shark, eng White-cheeked shark, eng White-cheeked whaler shark, eng Whitecheek shark, eng Whitecheek whaler, eng Widemouth blackspot shark

Short Description
Back grayish or grey-brown, belly whitish; a black spot on the second dorsal fin [544].

Indo-West Pacific: Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea between Gulf of Oman and Pakistan to Java, Indonesia and the Arafura Sea (Ref. 9819), north to Japan, south to Australia [1388]. Source:

Human uses
fisheries: commercial

Viviparous, placental [733]. With 2 to 4 pups in a litter; 37-38 cm at birth [517]. Both male and females mature at about 70 cm [1388]. Distinct pairing with embrace [17086]. No distinct seasonal reproductive cycle apparent, instead continuously breeding with most mature females pregnant or spent at any one time [2539]. A common but little-known shark found on the continental and insular inshore areas [544]. Feeds mainly on fishes but also on cephalopods, and crustaceans [1388]. A carnivore [17641].

Size / Weight / Age
120 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 4883))

reef-associated; marine; depth range ? - 170 m [1388]

shark-references Species-ID=743;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Anthobothrium afsanae Sadeghi Vilni & Haseli, 2024 [32555]
  • Anthobothrium barsami Sadeghi Vilni & Haseli, 2024 [32555]
  • Anthobothrium sp. [10852]
  • Callitetrarhynchus gracilis (Rudolphi, 1819) Pintner, 1931 [15730]
  • Otobothrium carcharidis (Shipley & Hornell, 1906) [15747] [15730]
  • Otobothrium sp. [15730]
  • Paraorygmatobothrium sp. [10852]
  • Phoreiobothrium iraniense Javadi & Haseli, 2022 [30450]
  • Proemotobothrium southwelli Beveridge & Campbell, 2001 [15730]
  • Pseudogrillotia perelica (Shuler, 1938) [15730]
  • Scyphophyllidium haselii (Caira, Malek & Ruhnke, 2011) [14437]
  • Scyphophyllidium mobedii (Malek, Caira & Haseli, 2010) [11249]
  • Scyphophyllidium sinuspersicense (Malek, Caira & Haseli, 2010) [11249]