1 Lateral View ( ) Ventral View ( ) COMMON NAMES APPEARANCE, Petit Taupe (Fr), Marrajo Carite (Es). Moderately long, conical snout with relatively large eyes. Pectoral fins at least as long as head with broad tips. SYNONYMS Minute second dorsal and anal fins. Lamiostoma belyaevi (Glikman, 1964), Isurus alatus (Garrick, 1967). Strong caudal keels and lunate caudal fin. Dark blue or grey-black dorsolaterally. NE ATL Large first dorsal fin with light free rear tip. White ventrally Underside of snout and mouth dark in adults to pectoral origins. Map base conforms with ICES grid squares. The is a slender, pelagic species reaching a maximum length of 417cm and is the second largest species in the Lamnidae family, smaller only than the White Shark, Carcharodon carcharias (Martin, Unknown). It can be distinguished from the Shortfin Mako Shark, Isurus oxyrinchus, by its larger pectoral fins which are at least as long as its head (measured from the pectoral origins to the tip of the snout) and the underside of the snout and mouth which are dark in adults. The first dorsal fin is large and upright with a light free rear tip, although this is not as prominent as in the Porbeagle Shark, Lamna nasus, and may not be seen in all specimens. The second dorsal and anal fins are minute. There is a strong caudal keel and a lunate caudal fin (Compagno, 2001). Dorsolaterally it is dark slate-blue or grey-black, ventrally white. The underside of the snout and jaw is dark in adults and large juveniles spreading to the origins of the pectoral fins, although it can be pure white in young individuals. In adults, the dark colour of the flanks spreads onto the abdomen and there are dark margins to the underside of the pectoral fins. The dark colouration also expands onto the ventral surface along the caudal peduncle. These changes in colour are well defined but irregular (Wilson and Ford, Unknown). VU The distribution of the Longfin Mako Shark is not fully understood but it is probably circumglobal in tropical and warm temperate waters. In the east Atlantic it has been reported from northern Spain to the gulf of Guinea, with two No Records specimens caught Occasional north-west of the Range Azores on swordfish longlines (Queiroz et al., 2006). LMA DISTRIBUTION
2 Supported by: SIMILAR SPECIES Isurus oxyrinchus, Shortfin Mako Shark Lamna nasus, Porbeagle Shark Prionace glauca, Blue Shark Carcharodon carcharias, White Shark, Isurus oxyrinchus, Shortfin Mako Shark Lamna nasus, Porbeagle Shark Prionace glauca, Blue Shark Carcharodon carcharias, White Shark (Not to scale)
3 TEETH Large, slender, monocuspid teeth in both jaws uppers, lowers (Wilson and Ford, Unknown). ECOLOGY AND BIOLOGY HABITAT The is a little known epipelagic shark that apparently spends the majority of its time at depth, although both sightings at the surface and its diet suggest a great depth range. Like other Lamniformes, it has a rete mirable system that allows it to maintain its body temperature above that of the surrounding water (Martin, 1992). This is a rare trait among fishes, only the mackerel sharks (Lamnidae), tunas (Thunnini) and billfishes (Xiphiidae, Istiophoridae) having evolved the ability (Weng and Block, 2004). EGGCASE N/A DIET The presumably feeds on schooling fish and pelagic cephalopods. A specimen has been found with a swordfish bill embedded in its abdomen, but it is not known if they make up a significant part of its diet (Compagno, 2001). It has been speculated that, rather than a predation event, it was merely an accidental collision as the two predators circled or attacked the same prey, presumably schooling fish (Martin, Unknown). REPRODUCTION Little is known of the life history of the. The smallest sexually mature female so far recorded measured 245cm total length, the smallest sexually mature male 229cm total length. It is an aplacental viviparous species utilising oophagy to nourish embryos. Litters of 2 8 young have been reported each measuring cm. It has been suggested that females move towards land to pup (Reardon, 2006).
4 Supported by: COMMERCIAL IMPORTANCE There is no commercial market for the meat of the Longfin Mako Shark across much of its range although it can be utilised for human consumption. The fins are not of the highest value but are known to enter the shark fin trade. It may be an important bycatch species for high seas fishing fleets (Reardon et al., 2006). THREATS, CONSERVATION, LEGISLATION Population trends are hard to quantify as catches are inadequately monitored, reported and generally do not include animals finned and discarded at sea. Confusion with other species, particularly the Shortfin Mako Shark, Isurus oxyrinchus, also leads to difficulties in detecting population trends. However, it faces significant fishing pressure across its range and is taken as bycatch in the same fishing gear as the Shortfin Mako Shark, a species which has declined by up to 50% in the North Atlantic. Combined with its large size, low fecundity and naturally low abundance, the is extremely vulnerable to anthropogenic pressure (Reardon et al., 2006). IUCN RED LIST ASSESSMENT Vulnerable (2006). HANDLING AND THORN ARRANGEMENT Handle with care. Sharp teeth. Abrasive skin.
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