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Lamna nasus (Porbeagle shark)

(Bonnaterre, 1788)

Life > Eukaryotes > Opisthokonta > Metazoa (animals) > Bilateria > Deuterostomia > Chordata > Craniata > Vertebrata (vertebrates)  > Gnathostomata (jawed vertebrates) > Chondrichthyes > Elasmobranchii > Galeomorphii > Lamniformes > Lamnidae

Lamna nasus (Porbeagle shark) [Illustration by Ann Hecht ]

Identification

A stout, spindle-shaped shark with large black eyes, a sharp conical snout, and small, smooth-edged, narrow cusped teeth with side cusps. Colour dark blue-grey or grey-black above, white below, with rear tip of 1st dorsal abruptly white.

Size

To 3 m TL.

Range

West coast off Cape Town, possibly off Knysna; most cold seas except North Pacific.
 

Habitat

Oceanic and close inshore, prefers cold water less than 18 C, ranging from the surface down to 366 m.

Biology

Rare in the area. Bears 1 to 5 young. Feeds on small schooling fish, dogfish sharks, soupfin sharks, and squid.

Human Impact

None in the area.

Text by Leonard J.V. Compagno, David A. Ebert and Malcolm J. Smale