IUCN threat status:

Near Threatened (NT)

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  Common names: shark (English), tiburón (Espanol)
Pseudocarcharias kamoharai (Matsubara, 1936)

Crocodile shark

Cylindrical and slender; head short; snout long, conical, bulbous; eyes very large; mouth large, protrusible; teeth large, two rows at front on each jaw, long and awl-like at front, oblique at sides; 5 long gill slits, none over pectoral; fins small; first dorsal low, triangular, between pectoral and pelvic; second dorsal smaller, between pelvics and anal; pectoral small, short, broadly rounded; tail asymmetric, upper lobe long, lower lobe short; tail base with low keel.

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

Size: 110 cm.

Habitat: oceanic, typically far offshore.

Depth: 0-590 m.

Probably circumtropical; in our area from El Salvador to Ecuador, and Cocos.


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