Animalia > Chordata > Elasmobranchii > Lamniformes > Lamnidae > Isurus > Isurus oxyrinchus

Isurus oxyrinchus (Short-finned mako; Atlantic mako; Blue pointer; Blue shark; Bonito shark; Dog shark; Mackerel porbeagle; Mackerel shark; Mako; Mako shark; Moro shark; Pointed nose shark; Sharpnose mackerel shark; Sharp-nose mackerel shark; Sharp-nosed mackerel shark; Sharp-nosed shark; Shortfin Mako; Shortfin shark; Snapper shark)

Synonyms: Carcharias tigris; Isuropsis dekayi; Isuropsis glaucus; Isuropsis mako; Isurus africanus; Isurus bideni; Isurus cepedii; Isurus guentheri; Isurus mako; Isurus oxyrhinchus; Isurus oxyrhincus; Isurus oxyrhynchus; Isurus spallanzani; Isurus tigris; Isurus tigris africanus; Lamna glauca; Lamna guentheri; Lamna huidobrii; Lamna oxyrhina; Oxyrhina glauca; Oxyrhina gomphodon; Squalus cepedii
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Wikipedia Abstract

The Shortfin mako shark, (Isurus oxyrinchus), also known as Blue pointer, is a large mackerel shark. It is commonly referred to as the mako shark together with the longfin mako shark (Isurus paucus).
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Adult Weight [2]  613.31 lbs (278.19 kg)
Female Maturity [2]  15 years
Litter Size [2]  13
Maximum Longevity [2]  25 years
Migration [3]  Oceanodromous
Speed [4]  30.98 MPH (13.85 m/s)
Water Biome [1]  Coastal

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Arcipelago delle Egadi - area marina e terrestre 119270 Italy    
Arcipelago delle Eolie - area marina e terrestre 98800 Italy    
Everglades and Dry Tortugas Biosphere Reserve   Florida, United States  
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary IV 2387149 Florida, United States
Reserva de la Biosfera de Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve VI 1312618 Mexico  

Prey / Diet

Allothunnus fallai (Tuna)[5]
Anguilla rostrata (American eel)[6]
Architeuthis dux (giant squid)[7]
Architeuthis martensi <Unverified Name>[7]
Brama brama (Ray's bream)[8]
Carcharhinus obscurus (Whaler shark)[6]
Chilara taylori (Spotted cusk-eel)[9]
Citharichthys sordidus (Sanddab)[9]
Cololabis saira (Skipper)[9]
Doryteuthis opalescens (california market squid)[9]
Doryteuthis pealeii (longfin inshore squid)[10]
Dosidicus gigas (jumbo squid)[11]
Engraulis mordax (Californian anchoveta)[9]
Illex argentinus (Argentine Shortfin Squid)[7]
Illex illecebrosus (northern shortfin squid)[10]
Merluccius bilinearis (Whiting)[6]
Molva dypterygia (Ling)[6]
Peprilus triacanthus (Sheephead)[10]
Pomatomus saltatrix (Tailor run)[10]
Prionace glauca (Tribon blou)[6]
Sardinops sagax (Australian pilchard)[9]
Scomber japonicus (Striped mackerel)[9]
Scomber scombrus (Split)[6]
Scomberesox saurus (Atlantic saury)[6]
Sebastes goodei (Rockfish)[9]
Sebastes jordani (Slender rockfish)[9]
Sebastes norvegicus (Golden redfish)[6]
Thunnus albacares (Yellowfin-tuna)[8]
Trachurus symmetricus (Scad)[9]
Xiphias gladius (Swordfish)[10]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Calonectris diomedea (Scopoli's Shearwater)1
Carcharhinus falciformis (Silky shark)1
Carcharhinus obscurus (Whaler shark)1
Carcharhinus plumbeus (Thickskin shark)2
Carcharodon carcharias (Maneater shark)1
Caretta caretta (Loggerhead)1
Coryphaena hippurus (Mahi-mahi)2
Cynoscion arenarius (Sand seatrout)1
Cynoscion nothus (Silver weakfish)1
Feresa attenuata (Pygmy Killer Whale)1
Galeocerdo cuvier (Tiger-shark)1
Istiophorus platypterus (Atlantic sailfish)2
Kajikia albida (Marlin)1
Katsuwonus pelamis (White bonito)1
Kogia breviceps (Pygmy Sperm Whale)1
Kogia sima (Dwarf Sperm Whale)1
Lamna nasus (Porbeagle shark)1
Larus argentatus (Herring Gull)1
Larus marinus (Great Black-backed Gull)1
Lophius americanus (Monkfish)2
Mustelus canis (Dogfish)1
Pagrus pagrus (Red porgy)1
Phalacrocorax brasilianus (Neotropic Cormorant)1
Physeter macrocephalus (Sperm Whale)4
Pomatomus saltatrix (Tailor run)3
Prionace glauca (Tribon blou)8
Puffinus gravis (Greater Shearwater)1
Puffinus griseus (Sooty Shearwater)1
Rhomboplites aurorubens (Vermillion snapper)1
Rynchops niger (Black Skimmer)1
Saurida brasiliensis (Brazilian lizardfish)1
Scomberomorus cavalla (Spanish mackerel)1
Sphyraena guachancho (Sockeye)1
Sphyrna zygaena (Smooth hammerhead shark)3
Stenella attenuata (Pantropical Spotted Dolphin)2
Sterna hirundo (Common Tern)1
Synodus foetens (Soapfish)1
Thalassarche chlororhynchos (Yellow-nosed Albatross)2
Thunnus albacares (Yellowfin-tuna)1
Thunnus thynnus (horse mackerel)3
Trichiurus lepturus (Atlantic Cutlassfish)2
Xiphias gladius (Swordfish)7


Carcharodon carcharias (Maneater shark)[6]


Parasitized by 
Ceratobothrium xanthocephalum[12]
Clistobothrium montaukensis[12]
Floriceps minacanthus[13]
Gymnorhynchus gigas[12]
Gymnorhynchus isuri[12]
Hepatoxylon trichiuri[12]
Molicola horridus[12]
Nybelinia lingualis[12]
Nybelinia pintneri <Unverified Name>[12]
Nybelinia schmidti[12]
Phyllobothrium lactuca[12]
Platybothrium parvum[12]


Cosmopolitan in temperate and tropical seas (Ref. 6871, 11230). Western Atlantic: Gulf of Maine to southern Brazil and Argentina (Ref. 58839), including the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. Eastern Atlantic: Norway to South Africa, including the Mediterranean. Indo-Pacific: East Africa to Hawaii, north to Primorskiy Kray (Russian Federation), south to Australia and New Zealand. Eastern Pacific: south of Aleutian Islands and from southern California, USA to Chile.;



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