As its name suggests, the blacktip reef shark has brilliant black fin tips and is most commonly encountered in healthy tropical Indo-Pacific and Central Pacific reefs.
The Blacktip Reef Shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus) is a wide ranging species. Globally, populations are listed as near threatened on the IUCN Red List. However, in some reef systems the local population has already been depleted or wiped out entirely. These sharks are being fished at an increasingly rapid rate making them even more vulnerable to global population depletion.
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