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Genus: Alopias, Thresher Sharks, Thresher Shark

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C: top lobe very long



Body stout, cylindrical; head short; snout long, conical; mouth small, ventral; five short gill slits, last two over base of pectoral fin; first dorsal large; second dorsal and anal very small; pectorals extremely long & narrow; pelvics large; upper lobe of tail extremely long (~ equal to body length); no keels on sides of tail base.

This genus has three confirmed species with worldwide distributions in tropical and subtropical seas. Two species are known to occur in our region.