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common thresher shark Common thresher shark

COMMON THRESHER SHARK

Alopias vulpinus

SIZE

To about 18 ft (5.5 m).

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

DISTRIBUTION

Newfoundland, Canada, to Cuba, including Gulf of Mexico. Common in U.S. Northeast.

HABITAT

Coastal and offshore from surface to 1,000 ft (305 m); juveniles farther inshore.

SIMILAR SPECIES

Bigeye thresher has large eyes directed upward, deep grooves on top of head, white abdominal coloring that does not extend above pectoral fins.

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

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