LONGFIN MAKO

Isurus paucus


SIZE

To about 14 ft (4.3 m).

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

DISTRIBUTION

Georges Bank to Gulf of Mexico. Generally rare throughout its range.

HABITAT

Offshore; deep dwelling.

SIMILAR SPECIES

Shortfin mako has smaller eyes, white area around mouth and underside of snout except in large individuals (800-1,000 lb (363-454 kg)), pectoral fins shorter than head length. Blue shark lacks lunate caudal fin, caudal keels, sharply pointed snout. White shark has triangular teeth with serrated edges, blunter snout. Porbeagle has shorter pectoral fins, small secondary keels on caudal fin, teeth with lateral cusplets.

MORE INFORMATION

Guide to Sharks, Tunas, & Billfishes of the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.
Text descriptions taken from Guide to Sharks, Tunas, & Billfishes of the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico

Henry Mollet's Elasmobranch Research

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(File Modified Sep. 13 2011)