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- proper noun A taxonomic
genuswithin the family Alopiidae— thresher shark.
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There are also large populations of sharks, among them the pelagic thresher Alopias pelagicus, the bigeye thresher A. superciliosus, silky shark Carcharinus falciformis and bull shark C. leucas.
But any South Sea whaleman will smile when he hears talk of the sea-serpent, though he has not forgotten the awe and fascination with which he was filled, when he first saw a whale in the agonies of combat with _Alopias vulpes_ and _Orca gladiator_, and the serpentine evolutions of the former creature.
On some occasions, when a pack of killers set out whale-hunting, they will be joined by a thresher -- the fox-shark (Alopias vulpes) -- and then while the killers bite and tear the unfortunate cetacean, the thresher deals him fearful blows with his scythe-like tail.
Isurus spp., and three species of Threshers, Alopias spp
Alopias vulpinus), bigeye thresher (A. superciliosus
Alopias vulpinus) showed up during 27 sampling runs between March 2007 and June 2009.