shortfin mako

Scientific name Isurus oxyrinchus
Descriptor Rafinesque
Year of description 1810
IUCN category EN
Family Lamnidae
Genus Isurus
Isurus oxyrinchus Isurus oxyrinchus


Isurus oxyrinchus, commonly known as shortfin mako, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    270 cm
  • Maximum size
    500 cm
  • Longevity
    32 year
  • Shape
  • Average size
    270 cm
  • Maximum size
    500 cm
  • Longevity
    32 year
  • Shape

How to recognize the shortfin mako ?

The shortfin mako measures between 270 and 500 cm. This fish is unicolore with a predominantly bleu and gris body.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The shortfin mako hunts in the stalk and is one of the predators of its biotope. Opportunistic, it does not hesitate to attack any smaller animal nearby.

The shortfin mako is a fish solitary naturally found close to the surface. This species is carnivorous .

Although the shortfin mako is non-territorial, it is sometimes aggressive towards other species.


  • Reproduction

The shortfin mako 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
    24 - 28 °C
  • Depth
    1 - 500 m
  • Environment
    Active pelagic

Biotope presentation

The shortfin mako is most often found at a depth between 1m and 500m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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Bibliographic references

Reproduction and Embryonic Development of the Shortfin Mako, Isurus oxyrinchus Rafinesque, 1810, in the Northwestern Pacific - Shoou-Jeng Joung - Hua-Hsun Hsu - Zoological Studies - 2005.

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