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  Common names: shark (English), tiburón (Espanol), cazón (Espanol)
Nasolamia velox (Gilbert in Jordan & Evermann, 1898)

Whitenose shark

A slender shark; snout very long, conical and pointed, length before mouth much greater than distance between nostrils; nostrils are close together, very large, nearly transverse slits; lip furrows very short; eyes large, round; upper front teeth with narrow triangular, oblique, serrated tips, lower front teeth slender, straight, serrated; no ridge between dorsals; 5 gill stills, last over pectoral; origin of first dorsal fin just behind rear insertion of pectoral fins; first dorsal fin moderate in size and erect with concave posterior margin; second dorsal fin slightly smaller than anal fin; origin of second dorsal fin over anal fin origin or slightly anterior; pectoral fins moderately broad and triangular; tail base with transverse groove at top; tail asymmetric, curved, upper lobe notched under tip, with large lower lobe.

Grey or brownish grey on back and sides, whitish below; a black spot outlined with white on the upper surface of snout tip; no distinguishing marks on fins.

Reaches at least 150 cm; size at birth 50-55 cm.

Habitat: coastal waters over soft bottoms.

A relatively common shark usually seen in 15-25 m depths, but ranging to at least 190m.

Southern Baja California and the Gulf of California to Peru, the Galapagos and Revillagigedos.


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