Carcharhinus falciformis

Species: Carcharhinus falciformis

English Name: Silky Shark

Chinese Name: 平滑白眼鲛

Family: Carcharhinidae


The Silky Shark has a large, slim grey or bluish-grey body with a moderately long, flat and rounded snout, small jaws, large eyes, and oblique-cusped teeth with serrations. This is the only Carcharhinus species that has interdorsal ridge that has dorsal fin behind the free rear tip of the pectoral fin. Can grow up to a length of 350cm for male and female. Lives near the edge of continental and insular shelves, as well as in the open sea.

© 2013 Clifton Beard

© 2013 Clifton Beard

© 2007 CAUT

© 2007 CAUT

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– Compagno, L.J.V., 1984. FAO Species Catalogue. Vol. 4. Sharks of the world. An annotated and illustrated catalogue of shark species known to date. Part 2 – Carcharhiniformes. FAO Fish. Synop. 125(4/2):251-655. Rome: FAO.