Pseudocharcharias kamoharai

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

These sharks have very distinctive small, slender-bodies with small fins, huge eyes, and long gill slits.

COLOR

Grey or grey-brown on their backs, and lighter on their undersides. Their fins are also light-edged.

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SIZE

Males mature at about 2.4 ft [74 cm] in length, and females mature a length of 2.9 to 3.6 ft [90 to-110 cm]. Their maximum length is 3.6 ft [110 cm].

TEETH

Prominent long, slender teeth on a highly protrusible jaw.

HABITAT

Usually well offshore, from the surface to at least 1935.7 ft [590 m] deep.

DISTRIBUTION

World-wide in oceanic tropical waters.

BIOLOGY 

Reproduction – Ovoviviparous and there are usually 4 pups to a litter. The litter may feed on unfertilized eggs and possibly cannibalize other young before birth.

BEHAVIOR

Probably strong and active swimmers. They may migrate vertically to the surface at night, and deeper into the water by day.

STATUS

Population depletion is likely caused as a result of bycatch in pelagic longline fisheries.