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Species: Carcharhinus brachyurus, Bronze whaler shark, Copper shark, Narrowtooth shark

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body slender
snout wide, blunt point
D1 origin ~over free inner tip of pectoral
Ds small
~no ridge between Ds
pectoral long, straight
color plain

Carcharhinus brachyurus (Günther, 1870)

Narrowtooth shark, Copper shark, Bronze whaler shark

Body slender; snout blunt, broad, rounded, its length 1.1-1.4 times the distance between nostrils; nasal orifices small and well separated; round eye; spiracle absent; upper front teeth narrow and hooked, with finely serrated points; top teeth of males are longer and narrower than those of females; lower front teeth narrow, high, straight, finely serrated; 5 short gill slits, last 2 over pectoral fin base; dorsal fins relatively small, with short rear free tips;  first dorsal front edge straight, origin over/slightly before inner free tip of pectoral; second dorsal  origin slightly behind anal fin origin; pectoral long, straight; no crest on back between dorsal fins; tail base without keel; tail fin strongly asymmetrical, with well developed lower lobe, undulating ridge along dorsal surface of top lobe, and a notch under tip of that lobe.

Grey-brown to copper above, belly whitish; a pale stripe along flank; most fins with slightly darker edges & dusky to black tips, not strongly marked.

Size: 295 cm.

Habitat: inshore to offshore, continental, from surfline deeper.

Depth: 0-360 m.

Circumglobal; in the eastern Atlantic and SW Atlantic (Brazil and Argentina); a questionable record off Veracruz, Mexico.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Offshore
  • In & Offshore
Water Column Position
  • Water column only
  • Mid Water
  • Near Bottom
  • Near Surface
  • Surface
  • Water column
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
  • Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Sharks/rays
  • Data
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
  • Bony fishes
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Live birth
  • No pelagic larva
  • No pelagic phase
Global Endemism
  • Circumtropical ( Indian + Pacific + Atlantic Oceans)
  • All species.
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • All species..
  • Extends South of GC
  • Also in Brazil
  • GC non-endemic
  • Continent only
  • Vagrant
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Near threatened
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 295
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 360