Family Alopiidae Bonaparte 1838 (thresher shark)

Chondrichthyes - Odontaspidida - Alopiidae

Parent taxon: Odontaspidoidea according to J. Herman 1975

See also Antunes and Balbino 2003, Cicimurri and Knight 2009, Jordan 1963, Kent 2018, Purdy et al. 2001, Thurmond and Jones 1981 and Underwood 2006

Sister taxa: Carcharodontidae, Jaekelotodontidae

Subtaxa: Alopias Vulpecula

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Ecology: nektonic carnivore

Distribution:

• Quaternary of United States (2: California, South Carolina collections)

• Pliocene of Libya (1), South Africa (1), Spain (1), United States (1: North Carolina)

• MN 13 of Portugal (1)

• Neogene of Madagascar (1)

• Miocene of Austria (1), Colombia (1), Costa Rica (1), France (3), India (2), Japan (2), Malta (4), Mexico (2), Panama (5), Peru (1), Portugal (1), the Russian Federation (1), United States (6: Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia)

• Oligocene to Miocene of Peru (1)

• Oligocene of the Czech Republic (2), France (1), United States (2: California, South Carolina)

• Eocene of Egypt (17), India (1), Jordan (1), the United Kingdom (2), United States (4: Alabama, Louisiana, South Carolina), Western Sahara (2)

Total: 71 collections including 79 occurrences

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