Black Tip Reef Shark
Scientific Name Carcharhinus melanopteruso (Name meaning: "Sharp nosed black fin")
Native To IndoPacific and Mediterranean
Habitat Found 0-20 meters deep on lagoons and reef flats.
Size and Age Typically reaches maturity at 0.91 - 1.0 meters for males, 0.97-1.12 meters for females. May reach a maximum size of 2.13 meters.
- Reproduction: Viviparous. Typically gives birth to 3-4 live pups. Juveniles are typically found in water less than 3 meters deep, likely using these "nursery" areas for protection from larger sharks - including adult black tip reef sharks! Lifespan is unknown.