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Thresher sharks, or sea foxes, are distinguished by their long, scythelike tails. Of the 3 species, the common thresher, Alopias vulpinus, attains the largest size, ranging from 415–573 cm TL.

 

The common thresher is distributed circumglobally in the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian Oceans, in the Med and the Black Sea.

 

Thresher sharks reportedly feed on small- to medium-sized schooling fishes and pelagic invertebrates such as squid. They have been observed to use their long caudal fin to bunch up, disorient, and stun prey at or near the surface.

 

They are aplacental viviparous, with a small litter size, 2-4 pups.

 

There are no data for population size. Globally, it is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List, and in 2016, all 3 thresher sharks were added to Appendix II of the CITES.

 

At Mediterranean level, the common thresher population is considered Endangered, with the main threat being the bycatch of pelagic fleets. Directed fisheries for thresher sharks is prohibited under Directive 120/2018 and ICCAT Recommendation 2009-07.

 

Globally, it is recommended that common thresher be subject to regional and national catch limits based on scientific advice, as well as improved reporting of catch and discard data and full implementation of all commitments agreed through international treaties.

 

References:

Ellis, J.R., Ferretti, F., Soldo, A. & Walls, R.H.L. 2016. Alopias vulpinus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T39339A16571672

 

Rigby, C.L., Barreto, R., et al- 2019. Alopias vulpinus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019: e.T39339A2900765

With thanks to AMO Scientific Partner One Ocean Foundation

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