IUCN Red List Assessment
Red List Category
Red List Criteria
The Whitetip Reef Shark (Triaenodon obesus) has a widespread distribution in tropical and subtropical Indian and Pacific Oceans. The species is commonly found between 10–40 m around coastal reefs, divers frequently see it resting in caves by day; it is most common in areas of high relief coral and caves. Formally it was abundant over coral reefs, these sharks' numbers are at lower levels than those found prior to widespread expansion of fishing in the past 20 years. The species' restricted habitat, depth range, small litter size and moderately late age at maturity suggest that with increasing fishing pressure this species may become threatened.
- 2000Lower Risk/near threatened