Scientific Name
Alopias pelagicus  
Alopias pelagicus淺海狐鯊
by: Lab of Fish Ecol. and Evo., BRCAS
Author Nakamura, 1935 Depth 0 - 152M
Chinese 淺海狐鯊 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 狐鯊科 Economic Fish Yes 
Family F020 Alopiidae Edible Fish Yes  Chinese In Mainland China 淺海長尾鯊 
Max Length 383 cm  Aquarium Fish No  Common Name 長尾沙、淺海狐鮫、沙娘仔、小目午仔 
Distribution in World India Ocean to Pacific Ocean   Distribution in Taiwan East、West、North East、Greeb IS. 
Habitats Ocean、Coastal  Holotype Locality Market at Suô [Suao], east coast of Taiwan, 24˚36'N, 121˚52'E 
Synonyms Alopias superciliosus, Alopias vulpinus   
Reference 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);中國動物誌-圓口綱及軟骨魚綱(朱等, 2001);FAO Species Catalogue, Vol.4 Sharks of the world  Steven Branstetter etc. 1983 Compagno, L.J.V. 1984 Compagno, L.J.V. 1984 沈世傑 編 Shih-Chieh Shen ed. 1993 Chen, C.-T., K.-M. Liu etc. 1997 朱元鼎, 孟慶聞 等編 2001 
Specimen List ASIZP0057307. ASIZP0806041. ASIZP0806217. ASIZP0806218. ASIZP0916041. ASIZP0916217. ASIZP0916218. FRIP20136. FRIP20425. NMMSTP00643.  
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Common Name Pelagic thresher shark; Pelagic thresher; Smalltooth thresher; Smalltooth thresher shark; Whiptail shark; Thresher shark; Fox shark 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Body cylindrical, massive before first dorsal fin. Caudal fin dorsal lobe extremely long nearly as long as rest of shark. Eyes moderately large in adults, very large only in newborn and fetuses. Orbit does not expand onto dorsal surface of head. Dorsal profile of head convex and forehead moderately convex in lateral view. Each side of the head above gills possess an inconspicuous horizontal groove. Pectoral fins not falcate, straight and broad-tipped. Terminal lobe of caudal fin very small. White colour of abdomen not extending over pectoral fin bases.
habitats This is an oceanic, epi-pelagic, circumtropical species. Ovoviviparous, litter size 2-4, but mostly 2. Maximum total length at least 330 cm. Size at birth estimated to be about 96 cm. 
Distribution Indian Ocean including South Africa, Red Sea, Arabian Sea. Western Pacific Ocean including China, Japan, Taiwan. Western South Pacific including Australia, New Caledonia, Tahiti. Central Pacific in Hawaiian Islands waters. Eastern Pacific from Mouth Gulf  
Utility This species usually caught with longlines and gillnets. Flesh utilized as fresh for human consumption, liver oil for vitamin extraction, hides for leather, and fins for shark-fin soup.