Carcharhinus sealei


Blackspot shark
Classification: Elasmobranchii Carcharhiniformes Carcharhinidae

Reference of the original description
Fische des Wiesbadener Museums. Jahrbücher des Nassauischen Vereins für Naturkunde, 66: 170–201, pl. 1–2.

Image of the original description
No image in first description.

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Carcharhinus cf. sealei, Carcharias sealei, Charcharias borneensis

Carcharhinus sealei
Holotype: BSMP: 2720; Neotype: CSIRO: H 4919-04;
Charcharias borneensis
Holotype: BSMP: 2720;

Description :

Citation: Carcharhinus sealei (PIETSCHMANN, 1913): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 04/2021

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Carcharhinus sealei (PIETSCHMANN, 1913), © FAO,
Common names
spa Tiburón alinegro, fra \(T\) Requin à tache noir, fra \(T\) Requin à taches noire, eng Black-spot shark, eng Blackspot shark, eng Shark, por Marracho marcado

Short Description
A small, slender shark with a long, rounded snout, large, oval eyes, and oblique-cusped teeth; 2nd dorsal fin with conspicuous black tip covering one-half or more of the fin, other fins plain [536]. Grayish or grey-brown above, white below; black spot on the second dorsal fin [544].

Indo-West Pacific: scattered records from East Africa to China and Australia. Often confused with Carcharhinus dussumieri and has often been listed under Carcharhinus tjutjot and Carcharhinus menisorrah. Source:

Human uses
fisheries: commercial; gamefish: yes

Viviparous, with a yok-sac placenta; 1-2 pups per litter [517]; after a gestation period of ~ 9 months[2539]. 33-45 cm TL at birth [544]. Distinct pairing with embrace [17086]. Feeds on fish, squids and shrimps [536].

Size / Weight / Age
100.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 3678))

reef-associated; marine; depth range ? - 40 m [517]

shark-references Species-ID=828;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)