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Lamna nasus (Porbeagle shark; Porbeagle; Mackerel shark; Blue dog; Beaumaris shark; Latoer; Talpa)

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Wikipedia Abstract

The porbeagle (Lamna nasus) is a species of mackerel shark in the family Lamnidae, distributed widely in the cold and temperate marine waters of the North Atlantic and Southern Hemisphere. In the North Pacific, its ecological equivalent is the closely related salmon shark (L. ditropis). The porbeagle typically reaches 2.5 m (8.2 ft) in length and a weight of 135 kg (298 lb); North Atlantic sharks grow larger than Southern Hemisphere sharks and differ in coloration and aspects of life history. Gray above and white below, the porbeagle has a very stout midsection that tapers towards the long, pointed snout and the narrow base of the tail. It has large pectoral and first dorsal fins, tiny pelvic, second dorsal, and anal fins, and a crescent-shaped caudal fin. The most distinctive features of
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Adult Weight [1]  278.886 lbs (126.50 kg)
Female Maturity [1]  13 years
Litter Size [1]  4
Maximum Longevity [1]  30 years
Migration [2]  Oceanodromous

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Parasitized by 
Ascaris pachyderma <Unverified Name>[6]
Botulus microporus[6]
Hepatoxylon trichiuri[6]
Phlyctainophora lamnae <Unverified Name>[6]
Selachohemecus olsoni[6]


Aegean Sea; Agulhas Current; Albania; Algeria; Antarctic; Arabian Sea; Argentina; Atlantic Ocean; Atlantic, Antarctic; Atlantic, Eastern Central; Atlantic, Northeast; Atlantic, Northwest; Atlantic, Southeast; Atlantic, Southwest; Atlantic, Western Central; Australia; Azores Islands; Baltic Sea; Barents Sea; Belgium; Bermuda; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Brazil; Canada; Canary Current; Canary Islands; Cape Verde; Celtic-Biscay Shelf; Channel Islands; Chile; Circumglobal: In subtropical to temperate waters. Western Atlantic: Newfoundland, Canada to New Jersey USA; possibly southern Brazil to Argentina. Eastern Atlantic: Iceland and western Barents Sea to South Africa, including the Mediterranean. Southw; Circumglobal: In subtropical to temperate waters. Western Atlantic: Newfoundland, Canada to New Jersey USA; possibly southern Brazil to Argentina. Eastern Atlantic: Iceland and western Barents Sea to South Africa, including the Mediterranean. Southwest Pacific: Australia and New Zealand. Southeast Pacific: Chile. Southern Ocean: off South Georgia and the Kerguelen Islands. Indian Ocean (Ref. 6871).; Croatia; Cyprus; Denmark; East Brazil Shelf; East Central Australian Shelf; Egypt; England and Wales (UK); English Channel; Faeroe Islands; Faroe Plateau; Finland; France; French Southern Tr.; Germany, Fed. Rep.; Gibraltar; Greece; Greenland; Humboldt Current; Iberian Coastal; Iceland; Iceland Shelf/Sea; Indian Ocean; Indian Ocean, Antarctic; Indian Ocean, Eastern; Indian Ocean, Western; Ireland; Isle of Man; Israel; Italy; Kerguelen Islands; Lebanon; Libyan Arab Jamahiriya; Madeira Islands; Malta; Mediterranean Sea; Mediterranean and Black Sea; Monaco; Morocco; Netherlands; New Zealand; New Zealand Shelf; Newfoundland-Labrador Shelf; North Sea; Northeast U.S. Continental Shelf; Northern Ireland; Norway; Norwegian Sea; Pacific Ocean; Pacific, Southeast; Pacific, Southwest; Patagonian Shelf; Persian Gulf; Portugal; S. Georgia - S. Sandwich Is.; Scotian Shelf; Scotland (UK); Sea of Marmara; Serbia and Montenegro; Slovenia; South Africa; South Brazil Shelf; Southeast Australian Shelf; Southwest Chilean Waters; Spain; Sweden; Syrian Arab Republic; Tasman Sea; Tunisia; Turkey; USA (contiguous states); United Kingdom; Uruguay; West Greenland Shelf;

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1de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
2Riede, Klaus (2004) Global Register of Migratory Species - from Global to Regional Scales. Final Report of the R&D-Projekt 808 05 081. 330 pages + CD-ROM
3Analysis of stomach contents of the porbeagle shark (Lamna nasus Bonnaterre) in the northwest Atlantic, W. N. Joyce, S. E. Campana, L. J. Natanson, N. E. Kohler, H. L. Pratt Jr, and C. F. Jensen, ICES Journal of Marine Science, 59: 1263–1269. 2002
4Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
5Food of Northwest Atlantic Fishes and Two Common Species of Squid, Ray E. Bowman, Charles E. Stillwell, William L. Michaels, and Marvin D. Grosslein, NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-NE-155 (2000)
6Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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