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Temporal range: 45–0 Ma[1]
Middle Miocene to Present
Carcharhinus melanopterus bora bora.jpg
Blacktip reef shark (C. melanopterus)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Vertebrata
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 family Carcharhinidae, the requiem sharks. One of 12 genera in its family, it contains over half of the species therein. It contains 35 species to date, with likely more species yet to be described.


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  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.