Marine Biodiversity Records

Research Article

First record of the pelagic thresher shark Alopias pelagicus (Pisces: Alopiiformes: Alopiidae) from the Lakshadweep Sea, India

K.V. Aneesh Kumara1 c1, S. Paresh Khanolkara1, P. Pravina1, B. Meenakumaria2 and E.V. Radhakrishnana3

a1 Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, CIFT Junction, Matsyapuri PO, Cochin-682029, India

a2 Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Krishi Anusandhan Bhavan-II, New Delhi-110012, India

a3 Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Cochin-682018, India


The pelagic thresher shark Alopias pelagicus is a large, wide-ranging Indo-Pacific Ocean pelagic shark. In this paper, the first record of the pelagic thresher shark, caught from the Lakshadweep Sea is reported. The shark 275 cm in total length was caught by drift longline operation at depth of 60 m in the Lakshadweep Sea (10°52N latitude 72°13E longitude).

(Received October 31 2011)

(Accepted November 17 2011)