Carcharhinus brevipinna (Northwest Atlantic subpopulation)


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Carcharhinus brevipinna (Northwest Atlantic subpopulation)
Species Authority: (Müller & Henle, 1839)
Parent Species:
Common Name(s):
English Spinner Shark

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable A1bd+2d ver 2.3
Year Published: 2000
Date Assessed: 2000-06-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Burgess, G.H.
Reviewer(s): Musick, J.A. & Fowler, S. (Shark Red List Authority)
The spinner shark is cosmopolitan in near and offshore warm-temperate, subtropical and tropical continental and insular shelf waters. It is frequently captured in recreational and commercial fisheries. Its meat is valuable and fins are marketable. It frequents nearshore waters as adults and has inshore nursery areas, making it highly vulnerable to fishing pressure and human-induced habitat alteration.

Geographic Range [top]

United States
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Atlantic – northwest; Atlantic – western central
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Population [top]

Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Systems: Marine

Bibliography [top]

Hilton-Taylor, C. 2000. 2000 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK.

IUCN SSC Shark Specialist Group. Specialist Group website. Available at:

Shark Specialist Group. 2000. IUCN Shark Specialist Group Red List Assessments, 2000 (unpublished report).

Citation: Burgess, G.H. 2000. Carcharhinus brevipinna (Northwest Atlantic subpopulation). In: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 28 March 2015.
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