Alopias pelagicus

Scientific name Alopias pelagicus
Descriptor Nakamura
Year of description 1935
IUCN category EN
Family alopiidae
Genus Alopias
Alopias pelagicus Alopias pelagicus


Alopias pelagicus is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    276 cm
  • Maximum size
    428 cm
  • Average size
    276 cm
  • Maximum size
    428 cm

How to recognize Alopias pelagicus ?

Alopias pelagicus measures between 276 and 428 cm. This fish is bicolore with a predominantly argent and gris body.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Way of living

Alopias pelagicus is a fish solitary naturally found mid-depth and near surface. This species is carnivorous .

Although Alopias pelagicus is non-territorial, it is sometimes aggressive towards other species.


  • Reproduction

Alopias pelagicus is a fish ovovivipare.

Risks for humans

  • Venomous
  • Bite

This species can attack if it feels threatened. It is important to be particularly vigilant especially during dives or fishing sessions.

Where to find it?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    19 - 29 °C
  • Depth
    0 - 300 m
  • Environment
    Active pelagic

Biotope presentation

Alopias pelagicus is most often found at a depth between 0m and 300m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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