Carcharhinus amboinensis

Pigeye shark CCF
Characteristic features:

Dorsal surfaces grey; a faint white stripe along sides of body. Fins plain in adults, with dusky tips in juveniles. Ventral surfaces almost white.


Maximum size up to 280 cm TL; birth size 60–72 cm TL.


Found in the eastern North Atlantic Ocean and Indo–West Pacific in tropical waters.


Found in inshore areas from the surface to depths of at least 100 m, usually near the bottom.


Feeds primarily on small bony fish, but also sharks, rays, cephalopods and molluscs. Adults move greater distances while juveniles remain relatively localised. Length at maturity is 198–223 cm TL and 195–210 cm TL for females and males respectively.. Reproductive mode is viviparous with yolk-sac placenta. Females give birth to 6–13 pups after a ~12 month gestation; birth occurs in November or December in northern Australian populations.

Indonesian fisheries:

Caught occasionally by shark longline and tangle net fisheries. Utilised for its fins (high value in adults), meat, skin and cartilage.

Similar species:

Carcharhinus leucas

Carcharhinus leucas

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

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