Friday, July 31, 2009

Gray Reef Shark

[Originally posted to the Moorea Coral Reef LTER (MCR LTER) Marine Life Encyclopedia]

Gray Reef Shark
(Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos)

Gray Reef Shark - Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos
Photo by Gerick Bergsma and Shannon Harrer

Gray reef sharks, like other sharks in its family, are viviparous, meaning that they develop their young internally, and give birth to fully developed young.

Throughout the Indopacific, from East Africa to Easter Island

Gray Reef Sharks are found on reef slopes and in channels.

Fish, squid and crustaceans

Quick Fact
Gray reef sharks form home ranges on the reef, and will gather in groups near the forereef during the day.  Although social with other gray reef sharks, they will drive off other species, and perform a threat display by arching their back and swimming in an exaggerated fashion to indicate aggression.

Learn More
- Animal Diversity Web

- Moorea Biocode Database


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