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Species: Lamna nasus, Porbeagle, Porbeagle Shark

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snout conical
D1 origin over pectoral base
tail base 2 keels
teeth smooth, small point each side
belly plain white
D1 rear tip white

Lamna nasus (Bonnaterre, 1788)

Porbeagle, Porbeagle Shark

Fusiform, very stout body; snout conical, moderately long, with nostrils on sides; eye large, round; spiracle tiny; mouth long, arched; teeth few, sharp, similar on both jaws, ~straight narrow triangles, smooth, with a small secondary point on base at each side; 5 long gill slits, all before pectoral fin; first dorsal fin large, rounded tip, origin over or just behind rear of base of pectoral fin; second dorsal fin very small; anal fin very small, origin under origin of second dorsal fin; pectoral moderately long, with rounded tip; tail base very flattened, with 2 keels, a large central one that extends onto tail fin and a small one below at end of tail base; tail fin asymmetrical, half-moon shaped, large lower lobe.

Dusky, lower body white; fins dark, except lower rear tip of 1st dorsal fin is abruptly white.

Reaches 355 cm & 65 y of age.

Inshore and offshore, pelagic.

Depth range: 0-1360 m.

A temperate shark, with an antitropical, worldwide distribution (except the N Pacific); both sides of the N and S Atlantic; occasionally reaches Bermuda.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • In & Offshore
  • Inshore
  • Offshore
Water Column Position
  • Mid Water
  • Near Surface
  • Surface
  • Water column only
  • Water column
FishBase Habitat
  • Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Sharks/rays
  • Bony fishes
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
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
  • Extends N + S of GC
  • Extends North of GC
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Island (s) only
  • All species
  • Vagrant
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Temperate (>35N)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Vulnerable
  • Appendix II
  • Listed
Length Max
  • 355
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 1360