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 Pelagic thresher (Alopias pelagicus)

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Pelagic thresher
No image of Pelagic thresher found in the Shark Database
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Phylum: Vertebates (Chordata)

Class: Carlilagenous Fishes (Chondrichthyes)
  Order: Mackerel sharks (Lamniformes)
    Family: Thresher sharks (Alopiidae)
      Genus: Alopias (Alopias)


Scientific: Alopias pelagicus
German: Pazifischer Fuchshai
English: Pelagic thresher, Smalltooth thresher
French: Renard pelagique
Spanish: Zorro pelagico


Typical thresher shark with a very long tail, about half the length of the entire shark. Relatively small eyes. Conical snout. Straight and broad-tipped pectoral fins.


Dark above. Ventral surface white, not extending over pectoral fin bases.


Western Indian Ocean: South Africa to western Australia. Western Pacific: eastern Australia, New Caledonia, Tahiti. Central Pacific: Hawaii. Eastern Pacific: Gulf of California and Galapagos Islands.


Primarily oceanic species found from the surface down to a depth of approximately 150 cm. A little-known species. Very active, fast swimmer.


Small fishes that are herded together with their tails and then stunned or killed with it.


Average size between 250 cm and 300 cm. Maximum total length at least 330 cm.


Aplacental viviparous (ovoviviparous), with possible uterine cannibalism. 2 pups per litter.

 Similar Species

Looks similar to Bigeye thresher (but has much bigger eyes) and Thresher shark (which has more pointed pectoral fins).


Status in the IUCN Red List:

No Entry found in Red List.

 Danger to Humans


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