Australian Blacktip Shark, Carcharhinus tilstoni (Whitley 1950)

Other Names: Blacktip Shark, Blacktip Whaler, Tilston's Whaler Shark, Whitley's Blacktip Shark

An Australian Blacktip Shark, Carcharhinus tilstoni. Source: CSIRO National Fish Collection. License: CC BY Attribution

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Australian Blacktip Shark, Carcharhinus tilstoni (Whitley 1950)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37018014

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:to 150 m

Fishing:Commercially important

Max Size:200 cm TL

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