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Species: Pseudocarcharias kamoharai, Crocodile Shark

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long, cónical snout
very large eye
cylindrical, slender
D1 low, behind pectoral
teeth = long awls
tail base with keel

Pseudocarcharias kamoharai (Matsubara, 1936)

Crocodile Shark

Body cylindrical, slender; snout long, conical, bulbous; eyes very large; mouth large, angular, ventral, protrusible; teeth large, two rows at front on each jaw, long and awl-like at front; five long gill slits, all before the pectoral; first dorsal low, triangular, behind pectoral; second dorsal smaller, between pelvics and anal; anal fin small, after base of 2nd dorsal; pectoral fin small, short, broad; tail asymmetric, upper lobe long, lower lobe short but well defined; tail base with a keel on each side and a pit above and below.

Light to dark grey above, paler below; fins with white or translucent borders; sometimes white spots and a white patch behind mouth.

Size: 122 cm.

Habitat: oceanic, typically far offshore.

Depth: 0-590 m.

Probably circumtropical; Virginia to Brazil.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Offshore
  • Offshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Mid Water
  • Near Surface
  • Surface
  • Water column only
  • Water column
FishBase Habitat
  • Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
  • Pelagic crustacea
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Live birth
  • No pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Circumtropical ( Indian + Pacific + Atlantic Oceans)
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 122
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 590