Alopias pelagicus (Smalltooth thresher)
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Alopias pelagicus (Smalltooth thresher) [Illustration
by Ann Hecht ©]
A thresher with moderately large eyes, broadly
convex forehead, very narrow caudal tip, and straight, broad-tipped
pectoral fins. Colour brilliant dark blue on back and sides (fading
to grey-black after death), underside white, no white patch over
bases of pectoral fins
To 3.3 m TL.
East coast off
Natal; tropical Indian and Pacific Oceans.
sometimes close inshore, occurs at the surface down to 152 m.
Biology An active, strong-swimming shark. Bears at least 2 young.
Probably feeds on small bony fish and squid.
Occasionally taken by skiboat anglers and anti-shark nets but seldom