Whitefin Topeshark

The whitefin topeshark is a species of houndshark living in the Philippines.

Whitefin Topeshark Scientific Classification

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Chondrichthyes
Order Carcharhiniformes
Family Triakidae
Genus Hemitriakis
Scientific Name H. leucoperiptera


The length of this shark is assumed to be 3.1 ft, though this is based on the sole captured specimen. Inside their broadly arched mouth are rows of small, blade-like teeth. The eyes are long, and its nostrils have nasal flaps.

Whitefin topesharks have white edges on their fins. Juveniles have dark spots on their caudal fins.

Where do they live

Map Of The Whitefin Topeshark’s Habitat

Whitefin topeshark Habitat Map

Their range is small, found between latitudes 20° N and 5° N in the Philippines. They are a tropical demersal species.



Whitefin topesharks are ovoviviparous, giving birth to a litter of 12 pups on average.

Interactions with humans

The IUCN classifies the whitefin topeshark as “Critically Endangered” or “CR”. The reasoning behind this is that information about these sharks has been scarce, and the range in which these sharks live has been prone to overfishing. As a result, the whitefin topeshark population is in decline.

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