Carcharhinus amboinensis

Scientific Name:-
Carcharhinus amboinensis

Common Name:-
Pigeye Shark / Java Shark

Malayalam Name:-
Pannikkannan Sravu


Classified as Data Deficient in IUCN Redlist of species. Image Courtesy: JE Randall http://www.fishbase.org/


A large, stout grey shark with a very short, bluntly rounded snout, small eyes, broadly triangular serrated teeth in upper jaw, extremely heavy, slightly narrower cusped teeth with arched roots in lower jaw, upper teeth without cusplets, usually 12/11 rows of anteroposterior teeth, no interdorsal ridge, large angular pectoral fins, a large triangular first dorsal with a short rear tip and a small second dorsal with a short rear tip, fins with dusky tips but not strikingly marked. Grey upper body, white ventral surface. No distinctive fin markings, however a indistinct pale stripe can be seen over the flanks. Juveniles nay have dusky fins.


In Kerala rarely caught in deep sea trawl nets.


This is not a common species in Kerala coast and recorded from trawl fishing.


Marine; demersal


Carcharhinus ambioensis (Müller & Henle, 1839) (misspelling); Carcharias amboinensis Müller & Henle, 1839; Carcharias brachyrhynchos Bleeker, 1859; Carcharias henlei Bleeker, 1853; Carcharinus amboinensis (Müller & Henle, 1839) (misspelling); Triaenodon obtusus Day, 1878


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