Black Tip Reef Shark
Carcharhinus melanopterus
Black Tip Shark

Identification: Black tips on all of its fins, with larger areas of black on the lower tail lobe and the first dorsal fin. The body colour can vary from grey to yellowish brown with a pearly blaze on the flanks

Maximum Length: 6 -8  Feet.

Origin: Indo-Pacific

Minimum tank size:  An Ocean or a public aquarium

Behavior: Aggressive. Common species usually found in shallow inshore reefs and lagoons

Feeding and diet: Preys upon a wide range of smaller demersal or inshore bony fish, including jacks, mullet, sea breams and smaller groupers; also octopi, squid, cuttlefish and occasionally shrimps.

Reef Compatibility:  Not Recommended

Cautions: Gets to large and aggressive for home aquariums. Best left in the sea.

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