Pseudocarcharias kamoharai   (Matsubara,  1936) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Elasmobranchii

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Size: Max length 110 cm TL male/unsexed; 110 cm TL (female); common length 100.0 cm TL male/unsexed

Color: light or dark grey above, lighter below, fins white-edged, sometimes small white spots on body and a white blotch between the mouth and gill slits.

A small relatively slender shark. Head with 5 large gill slits, all in front of pectoral fin bases, their upper ends extending onto dorsal surface of head; no gillrakers; spiracles usually present but very small; no nasal barbels or nasoral grooves; eyes very large, without nictitating eyelids; snout conical (not greatly elongated or flattened and blade-like); mouth very long and angular, extending well behind eyes; no true labial furrows; anterior teeth very large, with long, narrow, hooked, sharp-edged but unserrated cusps and no cusplets, set in 2 rows on either side of symphysis in both jaws, and not separated in front by small symphyseal teeth; upper anterior separated from the smaller laterals by a gap and tiny intermediate teeth. Two low dorsal fins, the first about midway between the pectorals and the pelvics, and well in front of pelvic fin bases, the second somewhat smaller than the first, but larger than anal fin; caudal fin short, strongly asymmetrical, with a pronounced subterminal notch and a short ventral lobe. Caudal peduncle slightly depressed, with a low keel on each side and upper as well as lower precaudal pits. Intestinal valve of ring type, with close-set turns resembling a stack of washers.

Dioecious, internal (oviduct) fertilization, internal live bearers. Exhibit ovoviparity (aplacental viviparity), with embryos feeding on other ova produced by the mother (oophagy) after the yolk sac is absorbed. With 4 young in a litter, born at 40-43 cm.

Synonym (s)
Carcharias kamoharai Matsubara, 1936
(Senior synonym)
Carcharias yangi Teng, 1959
(Junior synonym)
Odontaspis kamoharai (Matsubara, 1936)
(Senior synonym)
Pseudocarcharias pelagicus Cadenat, 1963
(Junior synonym)
Pseudocarcharias yangi (Teng, 1959)
(Junior synonym)

Common Name (s)
• Crocodile Shark (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Pelagic
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Small pelagic bony fishes, squids and shrimps
IUCN Status:  NearThreatened



Literature Source(s)
  • Zoological Survey of India (Eds) (1991) Animal resources of India (Protozoa to Mammalia) ZSI 1-694 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Compagno, LJV; Last, PR; Stevens, JD and MNR, Alava (2005) Checklist of Philippine Chondrichthyes CSIRO Marine Laboratories 104 pp Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Fischer, W and Bianchi, G (Eds.) (1984) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean (Fishing Area 51) FAO, Rome 5 Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • (2003) IUCN Red list of threatened species Available at -

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