sandbar shark

Scientific name carcharhinus plumbeus
Descriptor Nardo
Year of description 1827
IUCN category EN
Family Carcharhinidae
Genus Carcharhinus
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carcharhinus plumbeus, commonly known as sandbar shark, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    200 cm
  • Maximum size
    300 cm
  • Longevity
    34 year
  • Shape
  • Average size
    200 cm
  • Maximum size
    300 cm
  • Longevity
    34 year
  • Shape

How to recognize the sandbar shark ?

The sandbar shark measures around 200 cm. The females are more imposing and some specimens can reach 300 cm. This fish is unicolore with a predominantly gris body.

Sexual dimorphism

The female is bigger than the male.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
    living in small groups
  • territorial
  • Way of living

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

The sandbar shark is a fish living in small groups. The members of each group are organized around a well established hierarchy. This species is carnivorous .

Although the sandbar shark is non-territorial, it is sometimes aggressive towards other species.


  • Reproduction

The sandbar shark 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?

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What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    23 - 27 °C
  • Depth
    0 - 500 m
  • Environment
    Active pelagic

Biotope presentation

The sandbar shark is most often found at a depth between 0m and 500m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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