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Temporal range: 45–0Ma[1]
Middle Miocene to Present
Carcharhinus melanopterus bora bora.jpg
Blacktip reef shark (C. melanopterus)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Subclass: Elasmobranchii
Superorder: Selachimorpha
Order: Carcharhiniformes
Family: Carcharhinidae
Genus: Carcharhinus
Blainville, 1816
Type species
Carcharias melanopterus
Quoy & Gaimard, 1824
  • Aprionodon Gill, 1861
  • Eulamia Gill, 1862
  • Galeolamna Owen, 1853
  • Gillisqualus Whitley, 1934
  • Hypoprion J. P. Müller and Henle, 1838
  • Platypodon Gill, 1862
  • Pterolamiops S. Springer, 1951
  • Uranga Whitley, 1943

Carcharhinus is the type genus of the requiem shark in the family, Carcharhinidae.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Carrier, J.C., J.A. Musick and M.R. Heithaus (2004). Biology of Sharks and Their Relatives. CRC Press. p. 52. ISBN 0-8493-1514-X. 
  2. ^ White, W. T. & Weigmann, S. 2014. Carcharhinus humani sp. nov., a new whaler shark (Carcharhiniformes: Carcharhinidae) from the western Indian Ocean. Zootaxa, 3821 (1): 071-087.