Isurus paucus

Guitart Manday, 1966

Longfin mako
Classification: Elasmobranchii Lamniformes Lamnidae

Reference of the original description
Guitart-Manday, D.J. (1966)
Nuevo nombre para una especie de Tiburón del género Isurus (Elasmobranchii: Isuridae) de Aguas Cubanas. Poeyana, Ser. A, 15, 1–9

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Isurus alatus, Isurus cf. paucus

Isurus paucus
XXXX: No types known;
Isurus alatus
Holotype: USNM: 197427; Paratype: USNM: 197429; USNM: 197435;

Description :

Citation: Isurus paucus Guitart Manday, 1966: In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 04/2024

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Common names
deu \(T\) Makohai, spa Dientuso prieto, spa Mako aletón, spa Marrajo carite, fra \(T\) Petite taupe, eng Longfin mako, eng Longfinned mako shark, por Anequim-preto, por Tubarão, por Tubarão-anequim-de-gadanha

Short Description
Pectoral fins about as long as head or longer, relatively broad-tipped in young and adults; snout usually narrowly to bluntly pointed, usually not acute; cusps of upper and lower anterior teeth straighter, with tips not reversed [531]. Caudal fin lunate, with a very long lower lobe [20050]. Dark blue above, white below, with dusky markings on underside of snout, around mouth (Ref. 6581).

Western Atlantic: Gulf Stream and Florida, USA; also Cuba. Reported from southern Brazil [20050]. Eastern Atlantic: Guinea, Ghana. Western Indian Ocean: Madagascar. Pacific Ocean: Taiwan, near Phoenix Island, and north of Hawaii [20050]. Source:

Human uses
fisheries: minor commercial; price category: medium; price reliability: reliable: based on ex-vessel price for this species

Exhibit ovoviparity (aplacental viviparity), with embryos feeding on other ova produced by the mother (oophagy) after the yolk sac is absorbed [733]. With litters of 2-8 pups [518] [2539]. Distinct pairing with embrace [17086]. Born at 97-120 cm TL [2539].

Size / Weight / Age
417 cm TL (male/unsexed; [518]); 417 cm TL (female)

pelagic-oceanic; oceanodromous [17660]; marine; depth range 0 - 200 m [531]

shark-references Species-ID=3295; CITES: (see: Protected Species for more details) Convention on International Trade in Endangered Speciesof Wild Fauna and Flora annex: II; Council Regulation 2017/160 annex: B

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)