Biodiversity catalog

Caribbean Reef Shark
Carcharhinus perezi
Cabeza dura
Caribbean Reef Shark

Species IUCN Status

Near Threatened

Projects (Locations)

fisheries, sarstun

The Caribbean reef shark is the most common reef shark found in the Caribbean and has a historical range in the western Atlantic and Caribbean from the coast of North Carolina to Brazil. This shark feeds on many types of fish as well as other sharks and rays, and is classified as near threatened as it is often captured and killed as unwanted bycatch by artisanal and commercial long-line and gillnet fisheries. It is also sometimes hunted for its fins.