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Carcharhiniformes  -  Carcharhinidae  -  Prionace  -  Prionace glauca

Prionace glauca

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snout long, narrow
D1 nearer pelvic than pectoral


  pectoral very long


Prionace glauca (Linnaeus, 1758)

Blue shark

Very elongate and fusiform; snout long and narrowly rounded; no spiracles; eyes round, with nictitating membrane; teeth serrated, long and triangular, broader and curved on top jaw, center tooth of top jaw very large; 5 short gill slits, last 2 over pectoral base; 1st  dorsal fin low, its origin well behind pectoral fins; no ridge between dorsals; pectorals very long, narrow, slightly curved, pointed tips; tail base with small keel; tail asymmetric, well developed lower lobe, upper lobe notched under tip.

Back dark blue, flanks intense blue;
 belly white; tip of pectoral and anal dark.

Size: 380 cm.

Habitat: oceanic, epipelagic.

Depth: 0-350 m.

Southern California to the lower 2/3 of the Gulf of California and to Peru, and probably all the oceanic islands.

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