- Second dorsal-fin origin over anal-fin origin
- Interdorsal ridge absent
- Snout short and pointed; internarial space 1–1.2 times preoral snout length
- Upper labial furrows very short
- Fins mostly with black tips (anal fin sometimes plain)
- Upper and lower teeth with narrow, erect cusps
Dorsal surfaces bronze, becoming grey after death; a pale stripe along side of body. All fins except anal fin, with conspicuous black tips. Ventral surfaces almost white.
Maximum size up to 178 cm TL; birth size 50–60 cm TL.
Indo-west Pacific, the Gulf of Aden to Papua New Guinea and northwards to the Philippians. Found to at least 50 meters depth. Juveniles as shallow as 25 meters.
An inshore species.
Feeds primarily on bony fish but also cephalopods and crustaceans. Length at maturity is 110–115 cm TL for both sexes. Reproductive mode is viviparous with yolk-sac placenta. Females give birth to 2–8 (average 3) pups after a gestation period lasting for 9–10 months.
Caught as bycatch by several inshore fisheries, such as bottom trawling, gill netting and longlining. Utilised for its meat, but typically only individuals that are small in size.
Common blacktip shark
Australian blacktip shark