Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos

Grey reef shark AML
Characteristic features:

Dorsal surfaces bronze to greyish, becoming grey after death; a faint white stripe along side of body. Caudal fin with broad black posterior margin; first dorsal fin plain, sometimes with a white tip; other fins with dusky tips. Ventral surfaces almost white.


Maximum size up to 225 cm TL but rarely above 180 cm TL; birth size 45–64 cm TL.


Widespread in the tropical Indo-west and central Pacific, from south eastern Africa to the central Pacific islands.


One of the most common shark species inhabiting coral reefs; found near deep drop-offs or in atoll passes, from the surface to at about 280 m depth.


Feeds primarily on small bony fish, but also cephalopods and crustaceans. Length at maturity is 130–140 cm TL for both sexes. Age at maturity is around 6 years and 9 years for females and males respectively. Reproductive mode is viviparous with yolk-sac placenta. females give birth to 1–6 pups after a 12–14 months gestation period. Maximum age reported as at least 15 years in Papua New Guinea. Becomes aggressive when provoked and can be potentially dangerous to humans.

Indonesian fisheries:

Caught by shark longline and inshore gillnet fisheries, and possibly adversely affected by dynamite fishing. Utilised for fins, meat, skin and cartilage.

Similar species:

Carcharhinus albimarginatus
Silvertip shark

Carcharhinus albimarginatus

Carcharhinus albimarginatus differs in having a more robust body (vs. more slender) and a moderately short snout (vs. snout moderately long).

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