Lamiopsis temminckii   (Muller & Henle,  1839) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Elasmobranchii

Image copyrights: FAO

Size: 240 cm

Color: Back fawn, belly white; fins largely gray terminally.

Body moderately slender and fusiform. Snout long; about equal to width of mouth. Origin of first dorsal fin behind inner angle of depressed pectoral fin; second dorsal fin distinctly larger than anal fin.

Dioecious, internal (oviduct) fertilization, internal live bearers. Viviparous, placental, with 4 to 8 young per litter. Gestation period of ~ 8 months. Size at birth between 40 and 60 cm. Distinct pairing with embrace.

Synonym (s)
Carcharias (Prionodon) temminckii Muller and Henle, 1841
Carcharias temminckii Day, 1878
Carcharhinus temminckii Misra, 1969
Carcharhinus microphthalmus Chu, 1960
(Junior synonym)
Carcharhinus temmincki (Muller & Henle, 1839)
(Senior synonym)
Carcharhinus tephrodes Fowler, 1905
(Junior synonym)
Carcharias temminckii Muller and Henle, 1839
(Senior synonym)
Eulamia temmincki (Muller & Henle, 1839)
(Senior synonym)
Lamiopsis temmincki (Muller & Henle, 1839)
(Senior synonym)
Negaprion acutidens (non Ruppell, 1837)
(Misapplied name)

Common Name (s)
• Broadfin Shark (English)
• Fawn Shark (English)
• Nedunthala (Malayalam)
• Tekkan Sravu (Malayalam)
• Tol (Marathi)
• Koora Sura (Tamil)
• Neeti Sura (Tamil)
• Noeti Sura (Telugu)
• Kirwa (Marathi)
• Mushi (Marathi)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries; meat utilized fresh and dried salted for human consumption, liver for oil.)

Habitat:  Demersal, Estuarine, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Small fishes and invertebrates



Literature Source(s)
  • Talwar, PK and Kacker, RK (1984) Commercial sea fishes of India ZSI, Calcutta 997 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -

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