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Family: Pseudocarchariidae, Crocodile Shark


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long, cónical snout
cylindrical, slender
v large, round eye
D1 low, triangular, behind pectoral
teeth = long awls
C: base with keel

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FAMILY PSEUDOCARCHARIIDAE

CROCODILE SHARK

A cylindrical, slender, small (1.1 m) shark; 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.

The family contains a single species found worldwide in tropical and subtropical areas.

PREPARED BY D ROSS ROBERTSON, AFTER COMPAGNO (1984)