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

Synonyms: Lamna cornubica; Lamna pennanti; Lamna philippii; Lamna punctata; Lamna whitleyi; Lanna nasus; Oxyrhina daekayi; Selanonius walkeri; Squalus cornubicus; Squalus cornubiensis; Squalus monensis; Squalus nasus; Squalus pennanti; Squalus selanonus
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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]  278.89 lbs (126.50 kg)
Female Maturity [1]  13 years
Litter Size [1]  4
Maximum Longevity [1]  30 years
Migration [2]  Oceanodromous

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    
Cardigan Bay/ Bae Ceredigion 236876 Wales, United Kingdom
Carmarthen Bay and Estuaries/ Bae Caerfyrddin ac Aberoedd 163340 Wales, United Kingdom
Forillon National Park II 61010 Quebec, Canada  
Luce Bay and Sands 120487 Scotland, United Kingdom
Y Fenai a Bae Conwy/ Menai Strait and Conwy Bay 65440 Wales, United Kingdom  

Prey / Diet

Alepisaurus ferox (Wolffish)[3]
Ammodytes dubius (offshore sand lance)[3]
Brachioteuthis linkovskyi[4]
Chiroteuthis veranii (Long-armed Squid)[4]
Clupea harengus (Yawling)[3]
Cyclopterus lumpus (Lumpsucker)[3]
Filippovia knipovitchi (Smooth Hooked Squid)[4]
Gadus morhua (rock cod)[3]
Galeorhinus galeus (Vitamin shark)[4]
Histioteuthis atlantica[4]
Histioteuthis eltaninae[4]
Illex illecebrosus (northern shortfin squid)[5]
Inachus leptochirus[4]
Kondakovia longimana (Giant Warty Squid)[4]
Limanda limanda (Sand dab)[4]
Martialia hyadesi (sevenstar flying squid)[4]
Melanogrammus aeglefinus (Smokie)[4]
Merlangius merlangus (Whiting)[4]
Merluccius bilinearis (Whiting)[3]
Onykia ingens (warty squid)[4]
Salanx chinensis (Icefish)[4]
Sardina pilchardus (European pilchard)[4]
Scomber scombrus (Split)[3]
Sepia officinalis (common or european cuttlefish)[4]
Squalus acanthias (Common spiny)[3]
Zeus faber (European john dory)[4]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Alopias vulpinus (Zorro thresher shark)2
Alosa pseudoharengus (kyack)1
Alosa sapidissima (American shad)1
Amblyraja hyperborea (Arctic skate)1
Amblyraja radiata (Starry ray)3
Balaenoptera acutorostrata (Minke Whale)3
Bathytoshia centroura (clam cracker)1
Calonectris diomedea (Scopoli's Shearwater)1
Carcharhinus falciformis (Silky shark)1
Carcharhinus signatus (Shark)1
Centropristis striata (Sea bass)1
Centroscyllium fabricii (Black dogfish)1
Coryphaena hippurus (Mahi-mahi)1
Deania calcea (Thompsons shark)1
Delphinus delphis (Short-beaked Saddleback Dolphin)1
Dipturus batis (Blue skate)1
Fulmarus glacialis (Northern Fulmar)1
Gadus morhua (rock cod)4
Gavia immer (Great Northern Loon)1
Gavia stellata (Red-throated Loon)2
Globicephala melas (Long-finned Pilot Whale)4
Glyptocephalus cynoglossus (Witch flounder)1
Halichoerus grypus (Gray Seal)3
Hippoglossina oblonga (Fourspot flounder)2
Hippoglossoides platessoides (American dab)1
Hippoglossus stenolepis (Pacific halibut)4
Istiophorus platypterus (Atlantic sailfish)1
Isurus oxyrinchus (Short-finned mako)1
Kajikia albida (Marlin)1
Lagenorhynchus acutus (Atlantic White-sided Dolphin)2
Lamna ditropis (Salmon shark)2
Larus argentatus (Herring Gull)2
Larus marinus (Great Black-backed Gull)1
Leucoraja erinacea (common skate)1
Leucoraja ocellata (Winter skate)2
Limanda ferruginea (rusty flounder)1
Lophius americanus (Monkfish)1
Lycodes frigidus (Glacial eelpout)1
Macrourus berglax (smoothspined grenadier)1
Makaira nigricans (Ocean guard)1
Melanogrammus aeglefinus (Smokie)1
Merluccius bilinearis (Whiting)3
Micromesistius poutassou (Poutassou)1
Morus bassanus (Northern Gannet)2
Myoxocephalus octodecemspinosus (Sea raven)1
Pagophilus groenlandicus (Harp Seal)2
Paralichthys dentatus (fluke)1
Phalacrocorax aristotelis (Shag)1
Phalacrocorax auritus (Double-crested Cormorant)1
Phalacrocorax carbo (Great Cormorant)1
Phoca vitulina (Harbor Seal)3
Phocoena phocoena (Harbor Porpoise)3
Pollachius virens (Sillock)2
Polyprion americanus (Wreck-fish)1
Prionace glauca (Tribon blou)5
Puffinus puffinus (Manx Shearwater)1
Raja clavata (Roker)1
Rajella fyllae (Round ray)1
Reinhardtius hippoglossoides (Turbot)2
Salmo salar (Atlantic salmon)1
Scophthalmus aquosus (brill)2
Sebastes fasciatus (Acadian redfish)1
Sphyrna zygaena (Smooth hammerhead shark)1
Squalus acanthias (Common spiny)3
Stenotomus chrysops (Scup)1
Tetronarce nobiliana (Atlantic electric ray)1
Thunnus albacares (Yellowfin-tuna)1
Thunnus thynnus (horse mackerel)6
Uria aalge (Common Murre)2
Urophycis chuss (Squirrel hake)3
Urophycis regia (Spotted hake)1
Urophycis tenuis (White hake)1
Xiphias gladius (Swordfish)3


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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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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