Carcharhinus leiodon Garrick, 1985

Smoothtooth blacktip shark



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record 1902.

Rediscovered in 2008 or 2009. Previously only known from the holotype collected some 100 years ago or more, it has been recorded in recent fish market surveys (Moore et al., 2011).

IUCN RedList status: Vulnerable



Arabian Sea (Oman & Yemen) & Persian Gulf (Kuwait)









Original description:

Garrick, J. A. F. (1985). Additions to revision of the shark genus Carcharhinus: synonymy of Aprionodon and Hypoprion, and description of a new species of Carcharhinus (Carcharhinidae). NOAA Technical Report NMFS 34: iii + 26 pp.


Other references:

Compagno, L. J. V. (2009). Carcharhinus leiodon. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.1. ( Downloaded on 07 October 2012.

Fowler, S.L., Cavanagh, R.D., Camhi, M., Burgess, G.H., Cailliet, G.M., Fordham, S.V., Simpfendorfer, C.A. and Musick, J.A. (comps and eds). 2005. Sharks, Rays and Chimaeras: The Status of the Chondrichthyan Fishes. Status Survey. pp. x + 461. IUCN/SSC Shark Specialist Group, IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK.

Henderson, A. C. and Reeve, A. J. (2011). Noteworthy elasmobranchrecords from Oman. African Journal of Marine Science 33: 171-175. [Abstract]

Jabado, R.W., Kyne, P. M., Pollom, R. A., Ebert, D. A., Simpfendorfer, C. A., Ralph, G.M., and Dulvy, N.K. (eds.). (2017). The Conservation Status of Sharks, Rays, and Chimaeras in the Arabian Sea and Adjacent Waters. Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, UAE and IUCN Species Survival Commission Shark Specialist Group, Vancouver, Canada. 236 pp.

Moore, Alec B. M. et al. (2011). Rediscovery and redescription of the smoothtooth blacktip shark, Carcharhinus leiodon (Carcharhinidae), from Kuwait, with notes on its possible conservation status. Marine and Freshwater Research 62: 528-539.

Moore, A. B. M., Almojil, D., Harris, M., Jabado, R. W. and White, W. T. (2013). New biological data on the rare, threatened shark Carcharhinus leiodon (Carcharhinidae) from the Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea. Marine and Freshwater Research 65(4): 327-332.


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