Coral Reef Sharks

This topic submitted by Rebecca Cummins ( at 6:21 PM on 4/21/04.

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I chose the Coral Reef Sharks after the book The Enchanted Braid, sparked my interest. I have always been drawn to sharks, but the Coral Reef Sharks seemed a good idea because we will have a better chance of seeing one compared to the large variety of sharks.

I. Introduction

II. Classification
A. Kingdom- Animalia
B. Phylum- Chordata
C. Subphylum- Vertebrata
D. Class- Chondrichthyes
E. Subclass- Elasmobrachii
F. Order- Carcharhiniformes
G. Family- Carcharhinidae
H. Genus- Caracharhinus

III. Types of Reef Sharks
A. Black Tipped Reef Shark
B. White Tipped Reef Shark
C. Caribbean Reef Shark
D. Tiger Shark

IV. Reproduction
A. Viviparous
B. 16 month gestation period
C. Litter of 2-4 pups

V. Diet
A. Reef Fish
B. Crabs
C. Lobster
D. Cuddle Fish

VI. Habitat
A. Indian and Pacific Oceans
B. Shallow Lagoons
C. Tropical Coral Reefs
D. Caves of the coast of Mexico

VII. Conclusion

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