Galeorhinus galeus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Love, Milton S., Bizzarro, Joseph J., Cornthwaite, Maria, Frable, Benjamin W. & Maslenikov, Katherine P., 2021, Checklist of marine and estuarine fishes from the Alaska-Yukon Border, Beaufort Sea, to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Zootaxa 5053 (1), pp. 1-285 : 16

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Galeorhinus galeus (Linnaeus, 1758)


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Soupfin Shark or Tope. To about 2 m (6.5 ft) TL ( Miller and Lea 1972). Temperate waters, nearly worldwide; northern British Columbia ( Miller and Lea 1972) to Gulf of California (Compagno et al. in Fischer et al. 1995); Ecuador ( Béarez 1996) to Chile ( Miller and Lea 1972). Coastal pelagic; depth: surf to 826 m (2,709 ft) (min.: Compagno 1984; max.: Thorburn et al. 2019). The common name Soupfin Shark has consistently been used for this shark on the West Coast, but the official AFS–ASIH name (Nelson et al. 2004) is Tope. While we treat Galeorhinus zyopterus Jordan & Gilbert, 1883 as a junior synonym, we note that Chabot and Allen (2009) and Naylor et al. (2012) found evidence from DNA studies that the eastern Pacific Ocean population may merit status as a separate species. If that is the case, G. zyopterus would be resurrected.

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