Thresher shark, 17th century

Thresher shark, 17th century

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Credit: NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Thresher shark. 17th-century artwork of a shark, named at far right as Vulpecula alia. Thresher sharks have a distinctive tail or caudal fin which can be as long as the shark's body. Thresher sharks are now placed in the genus Alopias, though an earlier taxonomy (1822) placed them in a genus named Vulpecula. This artwork is from 'De Piscubis et de Cetis' (1638) by Italian naturalist and physician Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522-1605).

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