The Broadfin Shark (Lamiopsis temmincki), also known as the Borneo broadfin shark, is found in the waters off Pakistan, India, Burma, Indonesia (Makassar Straits), Sarawak, and China. However, just because it is throughout these places doesn’t mean it is a common critter—in fact, it is quite rare and sporadic throughout this range!
Preferring to be mostly inshore, they were once apparently common off the western coast of India. Found on the continental shelf, they are taken regularly (but sometimes in low numbers) by local fishermen off India (Bombay), Pakistan (Karachi), Sarawak and Kalimantan (Indonesia). Their meat is utilized for human consumption, fins dried for the shark fin trade, and it liver is used for vitamin oil.
A viviparous species of shark, they give birth to four to eight pups per litter after an eight month gestation period. Their pups measure about 40-60cm when born and the species itself grows up to 168 cm total length (TL). Males mature at 114 cm TL and females around 130 cm TL.
Due to evidence suggesting that significant declines have already occurred off India, the Broadfin Shark, as well as rampant fishing pressure, they are assessed as Endangered (EN) globally by the IUCN.
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