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Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Chondrichthyes  
 Order Carcharhiniformes  
 Family Carcharhinidae  
 Genus Carcharhinus  
  Carcharhinus melanopterus  (Quoy & Gaimard, 1824) 
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Synonyms:Carcharhinus melanopturesCarcharias commersoniCarcharias elegansCarcharias marianensisCarcharias melanopterusCarcharias playfairiiCarcharinus melanopteraCarcharinus melanopterusHypoprion playfairiMapolamia spallanzaniiSqualus carcharias minor details
Citation: 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);中國動物誌-圓口綱及軟骨魚綱(朱等, 2001);FAO Species Catalogue, Vol.4 Sharks of the world
Character: A moderately-sized, fairly stocky species. Eyes fairly large, its length 2-3% of total length. Gill slits moderately-sized, length of the 3rd 2.6-4.2% of total length and less than a third of the 1st dorsal base. Rows of anteroposterior teeth in each jaw half 11-13/10-12. upper teeth with narrow, strongly serrated, high cusps, and crown feet with coarse serrations and cusplets. Lower teeth with erect to oblique narrow serrated cusps and transverse roots. Interdorsal ridge absent. First dorsal fin large, with a rounded apex. Origin of 1st dorsal fin usually over pectoral free rear tips. Inner margin of 1st dorsal fin slightly more or less than half dorsal base. Second dorsal fin large and high, its height 3.4-4.1% of total length, its inner margin short and 0.8-1.1 times its height. Origin of 2nd dorsal fin over anal origin. Length of pectoral fin anterior margins about 18-19% of total length. Total vertebral centra 193-214, precaudal centra 111-122. Colour light brown above, white below. First dorsal fin and ventral caudal lobe with a conspicuous black apical blotch. A conspicuous white band on flank. 
Habitat: This is a common, wideranging tropical Indo-Pacific shark. This species is an active, strong-swimming shark, found near the bottom and midwater in deeper water. Viviparous, with a yolk-sac placenta, number of young 2-4, usually 4. gestation period estimat 
Distribution: Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Indian Ocean including South Africa, Mauritius, Seychelles, and Madagascar to Red Sea, the Gulf, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Andaman, and Maldive Islands. Western Pacific from Thailand to China, including Japan, Taiwan, The Phil 
Utility: Apparently regularly caught in fisheries where the common inshore shark occurs. The details of its utilization and gear used are limited. 
Name Code: 383077
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