Animal Species:Porbeagle, Lamna nasus (Bonnaterre, 1788)
The Porbeagle is a large, heavy-bodied species that occurs in most temperate marine waters worldwide with the exception of the North Pacific.
The species as a crescent-shaped tail, a very small second dorsal fin and a pale area at the rear of the large first dorsal fin.
It grows to at least 3.2 m in the North Atlantic but to only 1.65 m in Australian waters.
The Porbeagle has an antitropical distribution. It occurs widely in inshore and oceanic temperate marine waters.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
Distribution by collection data
- Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
- Last, P.R. & J.D. Stevens. 2009. Sharks and Rays of Australia. Edition 2. CSIRO. Pp. 644, Pl. 1-91.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology