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Species: Isurus paucus, Longfin Mako, Longfin Mako Shark

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snout rounded, dark underneath
eye large
pectoral v long

Isurus paucus Guitart Manday, 1966

Longfin Mako, Longfin Mako Shark

Body slender, fusiform; eye relatively large; snout relatively short, broad, bluntly pointed; nostrils on side of snout; teeth long, narrow, not serrated, relatively straight; 5 long gill slits, all before pectoral; origin of first dorsal fin behind pectoral; second dorsal and anal fins very small, origin of anal under end of base of second dorsal; pectorals very long, 20-28% of TL, ~same as head, tip bluntly pointed; tail almost symmetrical, semilunar; tail base flattened, with large keel that extends onto tail fin.

Back and sides intense blue; belly white; underside of snout and mouth dusky.

Size: 430 cm.

Habitat: oceanic, inshore when giving birth.

Depth: surface to 1752 m.

Circumglobal; the E US 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
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 + Island (s)
  • Extends N + S of GC
  • Extends North of GC
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Temperate (>35N)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Endangered
  • Listed
  • Appendix II
  • Listed
Length Max
  • 430
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 1752