Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Chondrichthyes  
 Order Lamniformes  
 Family Alopiidae  
 Genus Alopias  
  Alopias pelagicus  Nakamura, 1935 
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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 does not expand onto dorsal surface of head. Dorsal profile of head convex and forehead moderately convex in lateral view. Each side of the head above gills possess an inconspicuous horizontal groove. Pectoral fins not falcate, straight and broad-tipped. Terminal lobe of caudal fin very small. White colour of abdomen not extending over pectoral fin bases. 
Habitat: This is an oceanic, epi-pelagic, circumtropical species. Ovoviviparous, litter size 2-4, but mostly 2. Maximum total length at least 330 cm. Size at birth estimated to be about 96 cm. 
Distribution: Indian Ocean including South Africa, Red Sea, Arabian Sea. Western Pacific Ocean including China, Japan, Taiwan. Western South Pacific including Australia, New Caledonia, Tahiti. Central Pacific in Hawaiian Islands waters. Eastern Pacific from Mouth Gulf  
Utility: This species usually caught with longlines and gillnets. Flesh utilized as fresh for human consumption, liver oil for vitamin extraction, hides for leather, and fins for shark-fin soup. 
Name Code: 383121
      IUCN Red List:EN A2bd     Marine     
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