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Grey sharpnose shark

Grey sharpnose shark
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Subclass: Elasmobranchii
Superorder: Selachimorpha
Order: Carcharhiniformes
Family: Carcharhinidae
Genus: Rhizoprionodon
Species: R. oligolinx
Binomial name
Rhizoprionodon oligolinx
V. G. Springer, 1964

The grey sharpnose shark, Rhizoprionodon oligolinx, is a requiem shark of the family Carcharhinidae. It is found in the tropical waters of the Indo-West Pacific Oceans, between latitudes 30° N and 18° S, from the surface to a depth of 36 m. It can reach a length of about 70 cm.

It is fished in the Gazetteer Indo-West Pacific and the waters from the Persian Gulf east to Thailand, Indonesia, China, and Japan. It has also been found in the Gulf of Carpentaria and Palau. In appearance and size, this species is very close to Rhizoprionodon taylori.

The diet of the grey sharpnose shark consists of crustaceans, fishes, and cephalopods.

It is commonly caught by inshore demersal gillnet fisheries, especially off Java for fish meal and its fins. It is also killed for human consumption, fresh or dried salted.

It is considered to be harmless to people.


  • Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2006). "Rhizoprionodon oligolinx in FishBase. May 2006 version.

External links

  • Images of Grey sharpnose shark/Australian sharpnose shark (Queensland Primary Industries and Fisheries)
  • 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
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