First Record of the Grey Reef Shark from the Lakshadweep Sea

paper3Published on 26. January 2013

First Record of the Grey Reef Shark Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos, (Bleeker, 1856) (Carcharhiniformes: Carcharhinidae) from the Lakshadweep Sea, India

K.V. Aneesh Kumar, S. Paresh Khanolkar, P. Pravin, B. Meenakumari, E.V. Radhakrishnan


Information available on the diversity and abundance of carcharhinid sharks in Indian waters is very meager though they contribute a major portion of the fishery.  No scientific information is available on the presence of Grey Reef Shark in Lakshadweep waters which are known for coral reef biodiversity. In this paper, evidence for the occurrence of C. amblyrhynchos in Lakshadweep Sea is presented.

A female Grey Reef Shark C. amblyrhynchos was landed by fishermen from longline operation off Agatti Island in Lakshadweep Sea on 25 November 2010 (Image 1).  The shark was caught by 3.4 Sun Japanese tuna hook and the location of capture was recorded as 10 degree 47’N & 72 degree 09’E (Image 2).  The morphometric measurements of the shark were made to the nearest millimeter and weight was measured to the nearest gram.  The species identification was based on Compagno (1984).

Journal of Threatened Taxa, January 2013, 5(1): 3580–3582, doi:10.11609/JoTT.o3223.987




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