Carcharhinus sealei

(Pietschmann, 1913)

Blackspot shark
Classification: Elasmobranchii Carcharhiniformes Carcharhinidae

Reference of the original description
Pietschmann, V. (1913)
Fische des Wiesbadener Museums. Jahrbücher des Nassauischen Vereins für Naturkunde, 66, 170–201

Image of the original description
No image in first description.

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Carcharhinus aff. sealei, Carcharhinus cf. sealei, Carcharias sealei, Charcharias borneensis

Carcharhinus sealei
Holotype: BSMP: 2720; Neotype: CSIRO: H 4919-04;
Charcharias borneensis
Holotype: BSMP: 2720;

Description :

Citation: Carcharhinus sealei (Pietschmann, 1913): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 07/2024

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Carcharhinus sealei (Pietschmann, 1913), © FAO,
Common names
spa Tiburón alinegro, fra \(T\) Requin à tache noir, fra \(T\) Requin à taches noire, eng Black-spot shark, eng Blackspot shark, eng Shark, por Marracho marcado

Short Description
A small, slender shark with a long, rounded snout, large, oval eyes, and oblique-cusped teeth; 2nd dorsal fin with conspicuous black tip covering one-half or more of the fin, other fins plain [536]. Grayish or grey-brown above, white below; black spot on the second dorsal fin [544].

Indo-West Pacific: scattered records from East Africa to China and Australia. Often confused with Carcharhinus dussumieri and has often been listed under Carcharhinus tjutjot and Carcharhinus menisorrah. Source:

Human uses
fisheries: commercial; gamefish: yes

Viviparous, with a yok-sac placenta; 1-2 pups per litter [517]; after a gestation period of ~ 9 months[2539]. 33-45 cm TL at birth [544]. Distinct pairing with embrace [17086]. Feeds on fish, squids and shrimps [536].

Size / Weight / Age
100.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 3678))

reef-associated; marine; depth range ? - 40 m [517]

shark-references Species-ID=828;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)