Pacific smalltail shark
|Pacific smalltail shark|
Not evaluated (IUCN 3.1)
C. H. Gilbert, 1898
The Pacific smalltail shark (Carcharhinus cerdale) is a species of requiem shark, in the family Carcharhinidae. It was described in 1898, but later mistakenly merged with Carcharhinus porosus. The mistake was corrected in 2011.
It is relatively small with skin of a light-brownish color, and it can also be found in the Pacific Ocean. Not much is known about this species of shark, and there have been no recorded attacks on humans from this animal. It resembles the copper shark and a sand tiger shark, yet it is much smaller than both. It is probably not dangerous toward humans. It also has a small, slender body, and five gills in front of its pectoral fins.
The Pacific smalltail shark feeds on rays, fish, and small invertebrates. Some adults even feed on the young of other sharks.
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- Castro, J.I. (2011). "Resurrection of the name Carcharhinus cerdale, a species different from Carcharhinus porosus". Aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology. 17 (1): 1–10.
- Carcharhinus cerdale Gilbert, 1898. Fishbase
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