Carcharhinus signatus

(Poey, 1868)

Night shark
Classification: Elasmobranchii Carcharhiniformes Carcharhinidae

Reference of the original description
Poey, F. (1868)
Synopsis piscium cubensium. Catalogo razonado de los peces de la isla de Cuba. Repertorio Fisico–Natural de la Isla de Cuba, 2: 279–484

Image of the original description
No image in first description.

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Carcharhinus aff. signatus, Carcharhinus longirostris, Hypoprion bigelowi, Hypoprion longirostris, Hypoprion signatus

Carcharhinus signatus
XXXX: No types known;
Hypoprion bigelowi
Holotype: MNHN: 1959-0040 (ex IFAN 1955-4915);

Description :

Citation: Carcharhinus signatus (Poey, 1868): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 07/2024

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Common names
spa Cazón de arrecife, spa Tiburon de noche, spa Tiburon nocturno, spa Tiburón marrón, fra \(T\) Requiem de nuit, fra \(T\) Requin de nuit, eng Night Shark, eng Shark, por Cação-noturno, por Tubarão-da-noite

Short Description
A slim shark with a very long, pointed snout, large eyes, and small jaws with oblique-cusped serrated upper teeth; dorsal fins low with elongated rear tips; interdorsal ridge present [536]. Grey-brown above, white below; no conspicuous fin markings [536].

Western Atlantic: Delaware to Florida (USA), Bahamas, and Cuba; southern Brazil, Argentina. Eastern Atlantic: Senegal to Côte d"quot;Ivoire, Ghana to Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Angola, off northern Namibia [536]. Source:

Human uses
fisheries: commercial

Viviparous, placental [733], with 4 to 12 young in a litter [517]. Size at birth about 60 cm [517]. Distinct pairing with embrace [17086].

Size / Weight / Age
280 cm TL (male/unsexed; [517]); max. published weight: 76.7 kg (Ref. 40637)

benthopelagic; marine; depth range 0 - 600 m [517], usually 50 - 100 m [517]

shark-references Species-ID=830;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)