Carcharhinus longimanus

Scientific name Carcharhinus longimanus
Descriptor Poey
Year of description 1861
IUCN category CR
Family Carcharhinidae
Genus Carcharhinus
Carcharhinus longimanus Carcharhinus longimanus


Carcharhinus longimanus is a salt water fish.

Who is it?


  • Average size
    270 cm
  • Maximum size
    400 cm
  • Longevity
    22 year
  • Shape
  • Average size
    270 cm
  • Maximum size
    400 cm
  • Longevity
    22 year
  • Shape

How to recognize Carcharhinus longimanus ?

Carcharhinus longimanus measures around 270 cm. The females are more imposing and some specimens can reach 400 cm. This fish is tricolore with a predominantly bleu, blanc and gris body.

Sexual dimorphism

The female is bigger than the male.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Way of living

Carcharhinus longimanus hunts in the stalk and is one of the predators of its biotope. Opportunistic, it does not hesitate to attack any smaller animal nearby.

Carcharhinus longimanus is a fish solitary. This species is carnivorous .

Although Carcharhinus longimanus is non-territorial, it is sometimes aggressive towards other species.


  • Migratory species

Carcharhinus longimanus is a fish vivipare.

Risks for humans

  • Venomous
  • Bite

This species can attack if it feels threatened. It is important to be particularly vigilant especially during dives or fishing sessions.

Where to find it?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    18 - 28 °C
  • Depth
    0 - 200 m

Biotope presentation

Carcharhinus longimanus is most often found at a depth between 0m and 200m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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Bibliographic references

Sharks of the Open Ocean: Biology, Fisheries and Conservation - Ramón Bonfil - Hideki Nakano - Shelley Clarke - WILEY - 2008. Chapitre 11: The Biology and Ecology of the Oceanic Whitetip Shark, Carcharhinus Longimanus

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