Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Chondrichthyes  
 Order Lamniformes  
 Family Alopiidae  
 Genus Alopias  
  Alopias superciliosus  (Lowe, 1841) 
Provider: Pofeng Lee& Shoou-Jeng Joung 
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Synonyms:Alopecias superciliosusAlopias profundusAlopias superciliousus  details
Citation: 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);中國動物誌-圓口綱及軟骨魚綱(朱等, 2001);FAO Species Catalogue, Vol.4 Sharks of the world
Character: Body cylindrical, massive before first dorsal fin. Caudal fin dorsal lobe extremely long nearly as long as rest of shark. Eyes moderately large in adults, very large only in newborn and fetuses. Orbit expand onto dorsal surface of head. Dorsal profile of head indented and forehead weakly convex in lateral view. Each side of the head above gills possess a deep horizontal groove. Pectoral fins falcate with broad apices. Terminal lobe of caudal fin moderately large. White colour of abdomen not extending over pectoral fin bases. 
Habitat: This species usually found in coastal waters over the continental shelves, sometimes close inshore in shallow waters. Ovoviviparous, Litter size 2-4, but usually 2. Maximum total length about 461 cm. Size at birth estimated to be about 64-106 cm. 
Distribution: Western Atlantic including New York to Florida, Bahamas, Cuba, Venezuela, and southern Brazil. Eastern Atlantic including Portugal, Madeira, Senegal, Guinea to Sierra Leone, Angola. Mediterranean Sea. Western Indian Ocean including South Africa, Madagasca 
Utility: This species usually caught with longlines and gill net. Flesh utilized as fresh for human consumption, its liver oil is processed for vitamins, its skin for leather, and fins for shark-fin soup. 
Name Code: 383122
      IUCN Red List:VU A2bd     Marine     
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