Carcharhinus coatesi

(Whitley, 1939)

Classification: Elasmobranchii Carcharhiniformes Carcharhinidae

Reference of the original description
Whitley, G.P. (1939)
Taxonomic notes on sharks and rays. Australian Zoologist, 9(3), 227–262

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Platypodon coatesi

Carcharhinus coatesi

Platypodon coatesi
Holotype: QM: I.6226;

Description :

Citation: Carcharhinus coatesi (Whitley, 1939): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 07/2024

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Carcharhinus coatesi (Whitley, 1939), female, ca. 70 cm TL, Australia, size of the jaw: 9, 5 cm x 6, 3 cm, collection and © Jesco Seifert
Short Description
small species of Carcharhinus with: a moderately long and narrowly rounded snout; upper anterior teeth oblique and blade-like, coarsely serrated, lateral margin deeply notched and with several large and smooth basal cusplets; lower anterior teeth narrower, slightly oblique, lateral margins notched and usually several smooth basal cusplets; total tooth row counts 24–26/23–25, or 47–51; second dorsal fin much smaller than first, broadly triangular; colour pale brownish to grey dorsally, whitish ventrally; second dorsal fin with a black blotch on upper one to two thirds of fin, not extending onto upper surface of body and well defined from ground colour; other fins plain or with pale outer margins; total vertebral counts 134–147

Occurs off northern Australia (from Shark Bay in Western Australia to Fraser Island in Queensland) and possibly also off New Guinea (Last & Stevens, 2009);

Size / Weight / Age
389-813 mm TL (WHITE, 2012); 870 and 880 mm TL (Stevens & McLoughlin, 1991); size at birth of 380–400 mm TL (WHITE, 2012)

marine; depth range 123 m depth

shark-references Species-ID=12109;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Serrasentis sagittifer (Linton, 1889) [27561]

  • Tripaphylus squidwardi Boxshall, Barton, Kirke, Zhu & Johnson, 2022 [30995] [31097]