false smalltail shark

The rare and mysterious shark of the South China Sea

The False Smalltail shark is an extremely rare shark found in the South China Sea, that has very little evaluation and research surrounding the species.

Family: Carcharhinidae – Requiem sharks

Genus: Carcharhinus

Species: sp. a


Phylum– Chordata

Class– Chondrichthyles



Common NameGround Sharks


Common NameRequiem Sharks

Genus Carcharhinus

Speciessp. A


Average Size and Length: The False Smalltail sharks are born 34 to 100 cm, but the average adult length is unknown.

Head: The False Smalltail shark has a long, blunt snout, large eyes and short labial furrows. There are pores along the mouth corners.

Demographic, Distribution, Habitat, Environment and Range: The False Smalltail shark can be found in the South China Sea in Borneo (Sarawak), Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City) and Thailand (Bangkok). Its habitat is unknown.

Aesthetic Identification: The False Smalltail shark has a small, slenderbody and is grey on top, and counter-shaded light below. It has an inconspicuous white flank band.

The pectoral, dorsal and caudal fin webs are usually dusky in color but have no conspicuous markings. The False Smalltail shark has no interdorsal ridge. It has a large first dorsal fin that originates over the rear thirds of the pectoral bases. It has a small second dorsal fin that originates over the first third of the anal base. The False Smalltail shark has moderately large pectoral fins, with a broadly notched anal fin.

Biology and Reproduction: The biology and reproduction habits are unknown. There are several differences between the False Smalltail shark and C. porosus.

Behavioral Traits, Sensing and Intelligence: The behavior of the False Smalltail shark is unknown.

False Smalltail Shark Future and Conservation: The False Smalltail shark is extremely rare. Only three specimens have ever been caught. The last sold to a fish market in 1934.

False Smalltail Shark Recorded Attacks on Humans: Not a threat or danger to humans.