Carcharhinus fitzroyensis

(Whitley, 1943)

Creek whaler
Classification: Elasmobranchii Carcharhiniformes Carcharhinidae

Reference of the original description
Whitley, G.P. (1943)
Ichthyological descriptions and notes. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, 68, 114–144

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Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Galeolamna fitzroyensis, Galeolamna (Uranganops) fitzroyensis

Carcharhinus fitzroyensis
Holotype: AMS: IB.1229; Paratype: AMS: I.14569;

Description :

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Common names
spa Tiburón ballenero, fra \(T\) Requin baleinier, eng Creek whaler, eng Creek whaler shark

Short Description
Bronze above, fading to grayish brown after death and in preserved specimens; light below, without conspicuous markings on fins; no conspicuous white band on flanks [544].

Western Pacific: northern Australia, from Western Australia to Queensland. Recorded in the Arafura Sea (Ref. 9819). Source:

Human uses
fisheries: minor commercial; price category: medium; price reliability: very questionable: based on ex-vessel price for species in this family

Viviparous, placental [733]. Females give birth to 1-7 pups every year between February and May [1388]. Size at birth about 50 cm [1388]. Distinct pairing with embrace [17086]. Occurs on the continental shelf (Ref. 75154).

Size / Weight / Age
135 cm TL (male/unsexed; [1388])

demersal; brackish; marine; depth range ? - 40 m [1388]

shark-references Species-ID=751;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Callitetrarhynchus gracilis (Rudolphi, 1819) Pintner, 1931 [16112]
  • Proemotobothrium southwelli Beveridge & Campbell, 2001 [17827]

  • Perissopus dentatus Steenstrup & Lütken, 1861 [16569]