Carcharhinus sorrah

(MÜLLER & HENLE, 1839)

Spottail 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

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Carcharhinus sorrah (MÜLLER & HENLE,1838)

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Carcharhinus aff. sorrah, Carcharhinus bleekeri, Carcharhinus cf. sorrah, Carcharhinus isobel, Carcharhinus spallanzani, Carcharias bleekeri, Carcharias sorrah, Carcharias spallanzani, Carcharias taeniatus, Carcharias (Prionodon) bleekeri, Carcharias (Prionodon) sorrah, Carcharinus bleekeri, Carcharinus sorrah, Carcharinus spallanzani, Eulamia bleekeri, Eulamia sorrah, Eulamia spallanzani, Galeolamna (Galeolamnoides) isobel, Mapolamia spallanzani, Oxyrhina spallanzani, Squalus spallanzani, Squalus (Carcharinus) sorrah

Carcharhinus sorrah
Lectotype: RMNH: 4294 Paralectotype: MNHN: 1132; MNHN: 1131; ZSL: uncat. (whereabouts unknown)
Carcharias (Prionodon) bleekeri
Syntype: MNHN: A-9660 MNHN: A-9584
Galeolamna (Galeolamnoides) isobel
Holotype: AMS: IB.1493; AMS: IB.1493.001;

Description :

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Common names
spa Tiburón rabo manchado, fra \(T\) Requin blanc, fra \(T\) Requin tacheté, fra \(T\) Requin à queue tachetée, eng Black-tip shark, eng Blacktip shark, eng Grey shark, eng School shark, eng Sorrah, eng Sorrah shark, eng Spot-tail shark, eng Spot-tail whaler, eng Spottail shark, eng West Australian whaler shark, por Marracho rabo manchado

Short Description
A small, spindle-shaped shark with a long, rounded snout, large circular eyes, and oblique-cusped serrated teeth; 2nd dorsal fin very low; interdorsal ridge present [536]. 2nd dorsal, pectorals and lower caudal lobe with dark tips; 1st dorsal with thin but conspicuous dark tip; pelvic fins and upper caudal lobe plain [20040]. Grey or grey-brown above, white below with a golden-brown sheen on the area between eyes and gill slits (in fresh specimens); pectorals, second dorsal, and lower caudal fin lobe with conspicuous black tips, first dorsal and upper caudal fin lobe with black edging [544]. A dark band on flank extending rearwards to pelvic fins [544].

Indo-West Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa (including Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles) to the Philippines, north to China, south to Australia. Also from Vanikolo Island (Santa Cruz Islands) and the Solomon Islands. Possibly occurring in the Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman and Sri Lanka [544]. Source:

Human uses
fisheries: minor commercial; price category: high; price reliability: reliable: based on ex-vessel price for this species

Viviparous, with a yolk-sac placenta [517]. Pups, average 3, range 1-8, are produced in January after a 10-month gestation period. Average length at birth is 50 cm TL. Length increases by about 25 cm during the first year. These sharks breed once each year [4209]. Distinct pairing with embrace [17086]. Feeding depth changes with shark size [4209]. Occurs throughout the water column, but mainly in midwater or near the surface [1388].

Size / Weight / Age
160 cm TL (male/unsexed; [17644]); max. published weight: 28.0 kg (Ref. 6390); max. reported age: 8 years (Ref. 6390)

reef-associated; brackish; marine; depth range 0 - 140 m [20218]

shark-references Species-ID=833;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Callitetrarhynchus gracilis (RUDOLPHI, 1819) PINTNER, 1931 [15730]
  • Cathetocephalus australis SCHMIDT & BEVERIDGE, 1990 [16197]
  • Cathetocephalus sp. [13130]
  • Discocephalum sp. [13130]
  • Mixonybelinia edwinlintoni (DOLLFUS, 1960) [16112]
  • Otobothrium australe PALM, 2004 [17826]
  • Otobothrium carcharidis (SHIPLEY & HORNELL, 1906) [24083] [15730] [17826] [17826] [21816]
  • Paraorygmatobothrium christopheri CUTMORE, BENNETT, MILLER & CRIBB, 2017 [25840]
  • Paraorygmatobothrium sinclairtaylori CUTMORE, BENNETT, MILLER & CRIBB, 2017 [25840]
  • Phyllobothrium floraforme (SOUTHWELL, 1912) [26667] [16443]

  • Staphylorchis cymatodes (JOHNSTON, 1913) [11242]