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  Common names: shark (English), tiburón (Espanol)
Carcharhinus albimarginatus (Rüppell, 1837)

Silvertip shark

Snout moderately long and broadly rounded, length in front of mouth 6.8-9.2% of TL; upper teeth moderately triangular, sides of bases serrated; lower teeth narrowly triangular, smooth; ridge present on back between dorsal fins; origin of first dorsal fin over or slightly before inner pectoral corner; height of first dorsal 7.1-10.6% of TL; apex of first dorsal bluntly to sharply pointed; origin of second dorsal over or slightly behind origin of anal fin, pectoral fin pointed.

Grey, darker on back and shading to white ventrally; distinctive white tips or margins on first dorsal, tail, and pectoral fins.

Grows to 300 cm; size at birth 55-80 cm.

Habitat: coastal-pelagic, inshore to offshore; common on outer reef slopes.

Depth: 0-800 m, usually below ~ 20 m.

Tropical Indo-Pacific; southern Baja and the Gulf of California to Ecuador, all the offshore islands.


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