NEWSLETTER 08/2012 17. August 2012
- Dr. Sora Kim, Department of Geology & Geophysics, University of Wyoming, Laramie, USA
NEW IMAGES AT SHARK-REFERENCES:
Many thanks to Fabiano Gaffuri for the images of Rhizoprionodon lalandii, e.g.:
Please send your images to shark-references!
New information at shark-references.com - Host-Parasites List (Version 01.08.2012 now avaiable as pdf download)
Host - Parasites List (version: 01.08.2012) 239 pp, 3,97 MB NEW!
- more than 2.600 records
- more than 1.500 different parasites species
- more than 400 different hosts
for the updated versions of the host-parasites list please use the species description (one update/week),
e.g. parasites list of Prionace glauca
- Anthobothrium caseyi RUHNKE & CAIRA, 2009 
- Anthobothrium laciniatum LINTON, 1890    
- Callitetrarhynchus gracilis (RUDOLPHI, 1819) PINTNER, 1931  
- Clujia rakovitzai GUIART, 1935  
- Crossobothrium angustum (LINTON, 1889) 
- Dasyrhynchus talismani DOLLFUS, 1935  
- Dinobothrium keilini SPROSTON, 1948 (host Carcharhinus glaucus = synonym of Prionace glauca )
- Floriceps saccatus CUVIER, 1817  
- Gymnorhynchus isuri ROBINSON, 1959 
- Hepatoxylon megacephalum (RUDOLPHI, 1819)  
- Hepatoxylon sp. 
- Hepatoxylon trichiuri (HOLTEN, 1802)     
- Heteronybelinia estigmena (DOLLFUS, 1960) 
- Molicola horridus (GOODSIR, 1841) 
- Nybelinia anthicosum HEINZ & DAILEY, 1974 
- Nybelinia lingualis (CUVIER, 1817) 
- Nybelinia pintneri YAMAGUTI, 1934 
- Nybelinia schmidti PALM, 1999 (host Isurus glaucus = synonym of Prionace glauca ) 
- Paraorygmatobothrium prionacis (YAMAGUTI, 1952) RUHNKE, 1993  
- Pelichnibothrium speciosum MONTICELLI, 1889 (synonyms Prionacestus bipartitus METE & EUZET, 1996) 
- Platybothrium auriculatum YAMAGUTI, 1952     
- Prosobothrium armigerum COHN, 1902  
- Tentacularia coryphaenae BOSC, 1797 
- Tentacularia sp. 
- Anisakis simplex (RUDOLPHI, 1809) 
- Anisakis sp. 
- Phlyctainophora squali MUDRY & DAILEY, 1969 
- Anthosoma crassum (ABILDGAARD, 1794) (host Isurus glaucus = synonym of Prionace glauca )
- Dinemoura latifolia (STEENSTRUP & LÜTKEN, 1861)   
- Echthrogaleus coleoptratus (GUÉRIN-MÉNEVILLE, 1837)     
- Echthrogaleus denticulatus SMITH, 1874 
- Kroyeria carchariaeglauci HESSE, 1879   
- Kroyeria lineate VAN BENEDEN, 1853 
- Kroeyerina elongata WILSON, 1932   
- Nemesis robusta (VAN BENEDEN, 1851) 
- Pandarus cranchii LEACH, 1819 
- Pandarus satyrus DANA, 1852  
- Pandarus smithii RATHBUN, 1886 
- Phyllothyreus cornutus (MILNE-EDWARDS, 1840)  
Please send your publications about parasites of elasmobranchs to: email@example.com
Many thanks for sending missing papers:
Jeroen Van Boeckel
Charles F. Cotton
NEWS FROM PARTNER:
In an effort to alleviate Olympic withdrawal, I thought this would be a good time to update you on our research and conservation successes in Mozambique!
For a start, I wanted to send you an introduction to our latest scientific paper:
Can photography save sharks?
Some would view the prospect of meeting a shark underwater with horror. Divers though, who regularly see sharks and rays in their natural habitat, travel far and wide to seek them out. Biologists are now developing partnerships with these 'shark paparazzi' to get fascinating insights into the behaviour of these misunderstood fishes.
When I first started work on whale sharks, my main problem was telling them apart. Luckily whale sharks, like other animals such as leopards, penguins and salmon, have spots that are unique to each individual - the equivalent of a human fingerprint.
On whale sharks we photograph the area on either flank, just behind the gills. Back on land, we can upload these images to the ECOCEAN Global Whale Shark Database (www.whaleshark.org) and, following a quick scan, find out who our shark is and where it has come from.
By keeping tabs on individual sharks we can learn their favourite places, preferred foods, where they go and even who their friends are. We can use this information to create effective conservation measures. The challenge has been that, sadly, even we marine biologists can't spend all our time underwater.
Whale shark 'fingerprint'
Happily though, we have help. As more people explore the ocean, camera in hand, we're learning more about wide-ranging species like whale sharks and manta rays. Over 3000 submitters to the global whale shark database have, between them, identified over 3500 individual sharks from 46 countries.
Several individual whale sharks have been sighted thousands of kilometres apart, giving us important insight into the migratory lives of these gentle giants. One of 'our' Mozambican sharks has now been sighted in Mozambique, South Africa and again back in Mozambique (you can see for yourself here) - a round-trip of over 2000 km!
The success of this system on whale sharks, which has enabled global collaborative projects between research groups, has now spawned an equivalent database for manta rays at www.mantamatcher.org. An image-matching algorithm for identifying individual rays has just gone live, which will greatly assist scientists currently sifting through thousands of images by hand.
Andrea Marshall and myself from the Marine Megafauna Foundation, along with several of our colleagues, have been using photography to further our research for several years now. We thought that this was an opportune time to review its use in scientific studies, share our experiences, and point to some of the most promising developments.
Using a laser system to measure a whale shark in Qatar
One of these advances is the coupling of cameras with measurement devices, such as the parallel laser system shown in use above. By monitoring the length and growth of individual sharks we can get great insights into pregnancy, lifespan and even social heirarchies.
Even deep-water sharks are starting to share their secrets through the use of remote-operated vehicles and baited video systems. Camera traps, which have revolutionised the study of rare and shy species on land, are likely to be in use underwater soon as well. The possibilities really are only limited by our imaginations.
Our work was recently featured in an article on Mozambique in The Australian newspaper.
For those of you who would like to name your own Mozambican whale shark (and track it's movements using the Global Whale Shark Database), please just reply to this email for more information. Similarly, if you'd like to support our whale shark research and conservation work (which would be hugely appreciated) you can either make a donation directly or contact me for more information.
I'll be sending out more regular updates from now on. Apologies if you've received this email in error - there's an unsuscribe button below if this is the case. Sorry about that. Thanks to all of you for your support, and I look forward to updating you again soon!
Simon J. Pierce, PhD
Marine Megafauna Foundation
Tofo Beach, Mozambique
ECOCEAN Global Whale Shark Database
London, United Kingdom
16th EEA Annual Scientific Conference
The 16th EEA Annual Scientific Conference will be held in Milan, Italy from 22-25 November 2012
The meeting is hosted by the Italian Science Group on Chondrichthyan Fishes (GRIS) of the Italian Society for Marine Biology (SIBM) at the Department of Biology of the University of Milan.
Invited are contributions on all aspects of chondrichthyan research. Additionally, there will be a workshop on the role of elasmobranchs in the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) taking place as a satellite event prior to the EEA scientific conference on 21 November 2012.
Further details on abstract submission, registration, social events, EEA student travel awards can now be found on-line at GRIS’ conference website at:http://www.sibm.it/NUOVO_GRIS/EEA.html
Deadline for abstract submission and registration is 30 September 2012 .
Questions and submission should go to: firstname.lastname@example.org
More Meetings see: https://www.facebook.com/sharkreferences/events
New described species:
SÉRET, B. & LAST, P.R. (2012)
New deep water skates of the genus Notoraja Ishiyama, 1958 (Rajoidei, Arhynchobatidae) from the southwest Pacific. Zoosystema, 34 (2): 319-341
Four new skates of the genus Notoraja Ishiyama, 1958 are described from the rarely accessed, deep waters off New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji islands, and the Norfolk Ridge. Three of these (N. alisae n. sp., N. longiventralis n. sp. and N. fijiensis n. sp.) are “velcro skates” which are characterised by their velvety dorsal and ventral surfaces, covered with fine denticles. Although similar in shape, they differ by their colour pattern, dermal armature, development of the lateral tail folds, and size of the pelvic-fin anterior lobe and nasal curtain. The description of the fourth species, Notoraja inusitata n. sp., is based on a juvenile male exhibiting some unusual features resembling those of other skate genera.
AJEMIAN, M.J. & POWERS, S.P. 2012 Habitat-specific feeding by cownose rays (Rhinoptera bonasus) of the northern Gulf of Mexico. Environmental Biology of Fishes, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10641-011-9858-3
AKHILESH, K.V. & BINEESH, K.K. & WHITE, W.T. & PILLAI, N.G.K 2012 Aspects of the biology of the pygmy ribbontail catshark Eridacnis radcliffei Smith (Proscylliidae: Carcharhiniformes) from the southwest coast of India. Journal of Fish Biology, 81 (3): 1138–1144 http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1095-8649.2012.03379.x
BLANCO-PARRA, M.P. & GALVÁN-MAGAÑA, F. & MÁRQUEZ-FARÍAS, J.F. & NIÑO-TORRES, C.A. 2012 Feeding ecology and trophic level of the banded guitarfish, Zapteryx exasperata, inferred from stable isotopes and stomach contents analysis. Environmental Biology of Fishes, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10641-011-9862-7
BRODZIAK, J. & GEDAMKE, T. & PORCH, C. & WALTER, J. & COURTNEY, D. & O’MALLEY, J. & RICHARDS, B. 2012 A Workshop on Methods to Estimate Total and Natural Mortality Rates Using Mean Length Observations and Life History Parameters. U.S. Dep. Commer., NOAA Tech. Memo., NOAA-TM-NMFS-PIFSC-32, 26 p. + Appendix
CAPAPÉ, C. & EL KAMEL-MOUTALIBI, O. & MNASRI, N. & BOUMAÏZA, M. & REYNAUD, C. 2012 A Case of Hermaphroditism in Tortonese's Stingray, Dasyatis Tortonesei (Elasmobranchii: Rajiformes: Dasyatidae) from the Lagoon of Bizerte, Tunisia. Acta Ichthyologica Et Piscatoria, 42 (2): 141-149 http://dx.doi.org/10.3750/AIP2011.42.2.08
CROOKS, N. & WARING, C.P. 2012 A study into the sexual dimorphisms of the Ampullae of Lorenzini in the lesser-spotted catshark, Scyliorhinus canicula (Linnaeus, 1758). Environmental Biology of Fishes, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10641-012-0048-8
CROOKS, N. & WARING, C.P. 2012 Sexual dimorphisms in the dermal structure of the
lesser-spotted catshark, Scyliorhinus canicula (Linnaeus,
1758). Acta Zoologica, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1463-6395.2012.00560.x
DEMSKI, L.S. 2012 The neural control of feeding in elasmobranchs: A review and working model. Environmental Biology of Fishes, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10641-011-9827-x
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND FORESTRY 2012 National Plan of Action for the Conservation and Management of Sharks 2012. Shark-plan 2. Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Canberra.
EYRING, K.L. & HEALY, C.J. & REYDA, F.B. 2012 A New Genus and Species of Cestode (Rhinebothriidea) from Mobula kuhlii (Rajiformes: Mobulidae) from Malaysian Borneo. Journal of Parasitology, 98 (3): 584-591
FERREIRA, L.C. & AFONSO, A.S. & CASTILHO, P.C. & HAZIN, F.H.V. 2012 Habitat use of the nurse shark, Ginglymostoma cirratum, off Recife, Northeast Brazil: a combined survey with longline and acoustic telemetry. Environmental Biology of Fishes, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10641-012-0067-5
GODIN, A.C. & CARLSON, J.K. & BURGENER, V. 2012 The Effect of Circle Hooks on Shark Catchability and At-Vessel Mortality Rates in Longlines Fisheries. Bulletin of Marine Science, 88 (3): 469-483 http://dx.doi.org/10.5343/bms.2011.1054
HUTCHINGS, J.A. & MYERS, R.A. & GARCÍA, V.B. & LUCIFORA, L.O. & KUPARINEN, A. 2012 Life-history correlates of extinction risk and recovery potential. Ecological Applications, 22 84): 1061–1067 http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/11-1313.1
IDROBO, C.J. & BERKES, F. 2012 Pangnirtung Inuit and the Greenland Shark: Co-producing Knowledge of a Little Discussed Species. Human Ecology, 40 (3): 405-414 http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10745-012-9490-7
IZZO, C. & RODDA, K.R. 2012 Comparative rates of growth of the Port Jackson shark throughout its southern Australian range. Marine and Freshwater Research, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF11272
JAWAD, L.A. & AL-MAMRY, J.M. & AL-BUSAIDI, H.K. 2012 First reliable record of the Sicklefin Chimaera, Neoharriotta pinnata (Schnakenbeck, 1931), from the northern Arabian Sea (Chondrichthyes: Rhinochimaeridae). Zoology in the Middle East, 56: 139-141
KIM, S.L. & CASPER, D.R. & GALVÁN-MAGAÑA, F. & OCHOA-DÍAZ, R. & HERNÁNDEZ-AGUILAR, S.B. & KOCH, P.L. 2012 Carbon and nitrogen discrimination factors for elasmobranch soft tissues based on a long-term controlled feeding study. Environmental Biology of Fishes, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10641-011-9919-7
KIM, S.L. & KOCH, P.L. 2012 Methods to collect, preserve, and prepare elasmobranch tissues for stable isotope analysis. Environmental Biology of Fishes, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10641-011-9860-9
KIM, S.L. & MARTÍNEZ DEL RIO, C. & CASPER, D. & KOCH, P.L. 2012 Isotopic incorporation rates for shark tissues from a long-term captive feeding study. Journal of Experimental Biology, 215 (14): 2495-2500 http://dx.doi.org/10.1242/jeb.070656
KOMOROWSKI, L.K. & LECAUDE, S.G. & WESTRING, C.G. & DANIELSON, P.B. & DORES, R.M. 2012 Evolution of gnathostome prodynorphin and proenkephalin: Characterization of a shark proenkephalin and prodynorphin cDNAs. General and Comparative Endocrinology, 177 (3): 353–364 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ygcen.2011.12.016
LYNGHAMMAR, A. & CHRISTIANSEN, J.S. & MECKLENBURG, C.W. & KARAMUSHKO, O.V. & MØLLER, P.R. & GALLUCCI, V.F. 2012 Species richness and distribution of chondrichthyan fishes in the Arctic Ocean and adjacent seas. Biodiversity, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14888386.2012.706198
MARTINEZ DALLOS, I. & NEIRA ALVAREZ, M. & ACERO, A.P. 2012 Biological aspects of the sharks Rhizoprionodon lalandii and Rhizoprionodon porosus (Carcharhinidae-Carcharhiniformes) captured by artisan fishing in Isla Fuerte, Colombian Caribbean. Boletin de Investigaciones Marinas y Costeras, 41 (1): 179-191
MELTZER, L. & BLINICK, N.S. & FLEISHMAN, A.B. 2012 Management Implications of the Biodiversity and Socio-Economic Impacts of Shrimp Trawler By-Catch in Bahía de Kino, Sonora, México. PLoS ONE, 7 (6): e35609 http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0035609
MOLINA, J.M. & COOKE, S.J. 2012 Trends in shark bycatch research: current status and research needs. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, 22 (3): 719-737 http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11160-012-9269-3
MOORE, A.B.M. 2012 Records of poorly known batoid fishes from the north-western Indian Ocean (Chondrichthyes: Rhynchobatidae, Rhinobatidae, Dasyatidae, Mobulidae). African Journal of Marine Science, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.2989/1814232X.2012.675129
NAPLES, L.M. & MYLNICZENKO, N.D. & ZACHARIAH, T.T. & WILBORN, R.E. & YOUNG, F.A. 2012 Evaluation of critical care blood analytes assessed with a point-of-care portable blood analyzer in wild and aquarium-housed elasmobranchs and the influence of phlebotomy site on results. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 241 (1): 117-125 http://dx.doi.org/10.2460/javma.241.1.117
NEWMAN, S.P. & HANDY, R.D. & GRUBER, S.H. 2012 Ontogenetic diet shifts and prey selection in nursery bound lemon sharks, Negaprion brevirostris, indicate a flexible foraging tactic. Environmental Biology of Fishes, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10641-011-9828-9
PEW ENVIRONMENT GROUP 2012 Navigating Global Shark Conservation: Current Measures and Gaps. http://www.pewenvironment.org
PRETI, A. & SOYKAN, C.U. & DEWAR, H. & WELLS, R.J.D. & SPEAR, N. & KOHIN, S. 2012 Comparative feeding ecology of shortfin mako, blue and thresher sharks in the California Current. Environmental Biology of Fishes, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10641-012-9980-x
REYNISSON, E. & MARTEINSSON, V.T. & JÓNSDÓTTIR, R. & MAGNÚSSON, S.H. & HREGGVIDSSON, G.O. 2012 Bacterial succession during curing process of a skate (Dipturus batis) and isolation of novel strains. Journal of Applied Microbiology, 113 (2): 329-338 http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2672.2012.05349.x
RICE, J. 2012 Alternate catch estimates for silky and oceanic whitetip sharks in Western and Central Pacific Ocean. Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE, EIGHTH REGULAR SESSION, 7-15 August 2012, Busan, Republic of Korea, WCPFC-SC8-2012/ SA-IP-12
RUOCCO, N.L. & LUCIFORA, L.O. & DIAZ DE ASTARLOA, J.M. & MENNI, R.C. & MABRAGAÑA, E. & GIBERTO, D.A. 2012 From coexistence to competitive exclusion: can overfishing change the outcome of competition in skates (Chondrichthyes, Rajidae)? Latin American Journal of Aquatic Research, 40 (1): 102-112 http://dx.doi.org/10.3856/vol40-issue1-fulltext-10
ŠANTIC, M. & RAÐA, B. & PALLAORO, A. 2012 Diet and feeding strategy of thornback ray Raja clavata. Journal of Fish Biology, 81 (3): 1070–1084 http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1095-8649.2012.03382.x
SEMBA, Y. YOKAWA, K. & MATSUNAGA, H. 2012 Distribution and trend of abundance for porbeagle (Lamna nasus) in the Southern Hemisphere. Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE, EIGHTH REGULAR SESSION, 7-15 August 2012, Busan, Republic of Korea, WCPFC-SC8-2012/EB- IP-03
THEODOSIOU, N.A. & PARTON, A. 2012 Establishing primary cultures of embryonic intestinal cells from the elasmobranch, Leucoraja erinacea. In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology - Animal, 48 (7): 413-417 http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11626-012-9534-8
YAMAUCHI, T. & OTA, Y. 2012 Heavy Infection of the Round Ribbontail Ray Taeniura meyeni with Stibarobdella macrothela (Annelida: Hirudinida: Piscicolidae). Comparative Parasitology, 79 (2): 350-351 http://dx.doi.org/10.1654/4559.1
CASELLE, J. & PAPASTAMATIOU, Y. & FRIEDLANDER, A. & WENG, K. & LOWE, C. 2012 Movement patterns of apex predators at a pristine coral atoll. Abstract In: Book of Abstracts. 12th International Coral Reef Symposium, 9-13 July 2012, Cairns, Queensland, Australia: 304
CHIN, A. & SIMPFENDORFER, C. & HEUPEL, M. & TOBIN, A. 2012 Where do reef sharks go when they're not on reefs? Abstract In: Book of Abstracts. 12th International Coral Reef Symposium, 9-13 July 2012, Cairns, Queensland, Australia: 304
COCHRAN, J. & THORROLD, S. & SKOMAL, G. & BERUMEN, M. 2012 Acoustic monitoring of a Red Sea whale shark aggregation. Abstract In: Book of Abstracts. 12th International Coral Reef Symposium, 9-13 July 2012, Cairns, Queensland, Australia: 304-305
DREW, J.A. 2012 The use of anthropology holdings to reconstruct historical apex predator communities. Abstract 97th ESA Annual Meeting, Portland, 2012
FRISCH, A.J. & RIZZARI, J. 2012 Estimating the abundance of apex predators: a comparison of methods. Abstract In: Book of Abstracts. 12th International Coral Reef Symposium, 9-13 July 2012, Cairns, Queensland, Australia: 305
GRAHAM, R. & RHODES, K. & NEMETH, R. & BURGESS, G. & CASTELLANOS, D. 2012 The importance of fish spawning aggregations to reef-associated sharks. Abstract In: Book of Abstracts. 12th International Coral Reef Symposium, 9-13 July 2012, Cairns, Queensland, Australia: 305
HEUPEL, M. & SIMPFENDORFER, C. & DULVY, N. 2012 Coral reefs: apex predator paradise or mesopredator nirvana? Abstract In: Book of Abstracts. 12th International Coral Reef Symposium, 9-13 July 2012, Cairns, Queensland, Australia: 306
MEEKAN, M. & FORTIN, M.J. & TRAVERS, M. & GILMOUR, J. & RUPPERT, J. 2012 Taken out of context: the effects of shark removal in the dynamic environment of a coral reef. Abstract In: Book of Abstracts. 12th International Coral Reef Symposium, 9-13 July 2012, Cairns, Queensland, Australia: 306
MOURIER, J. & PLANES, S. 2012 Inferring social behaviour and mating patterns in a reef shark from social network and molecular analyses. Abstract In: Book of Abstracts. 12th International Coral Reef Symposium, 9-13 July 2012, Cairns, Queensland, Australia: 306-307
OLIVER, S. & HUSSEY, N. & TURNER, J. & BECKETT, A. 2012 Oceanic sharks visit a coral reef for cleaning. Abstract In: Book of Abstracts. 12th International Coral Reef Symposium, 9-13 July 2012, Cairns, Queensland, Australia: 307
ORMOND, R. & & CLARKE, C. & LEA, J. 2012 Comparative abundance of reef sharks in the Western Indian Ocean. Abstract In: Book of Abstracts. 12th International Coral Reef Symposium, 9-13 July 2012, Cairns, Queensland, Australia: 307
RUPPERT, J. & VIGLIOLA, L. FORTIN, M.J. & MEEKAN, M. 2012 Apex predators and human populations as structuring agents on coral reefs. Abstract In: Book of Abstracts. 12th International Coral Reef Symposium, 9-13 July 2012, Cairns, Queensland, Australia: 307-308
SIMPFENDORFER, C. & HEUPEL, M. & & TOBIN, A. 2012 The role of non-resident sharks in shaping coral reef communities. Abstract In: Book of Abstracts. 12th International Coral Reef Symposium, 9-13 July 2012, Cairns, Queensland, Australia: 308
SPAET, J. & SKOMAL, G. & BERUMEN, M. 2012 The current status of sharks in the Red Sea. Abstract In: Book of Abstracts. 12th International Coral Reef Symposium, 9-13 July 2012, Cairns, Queensland, Australia: 308-309
SPEED, C. & MEEKAN, M. & FIELD, I. & MCMAHON, C. & HARCOURT, R.& STEVENS, J. & PILLANS, R. & MCAULEY, R. & BRADSHAW, C. 2012 Marine parks for reef sharks: shark movements at Ningaloo Reef. Abstract In: Book of Abstracts. 12th International Coral Reef Symposium, 9-13 July 2012, Cairns, Queensland, Australia: 309
USHAN, M. & WOOD, E. & SALEEM, M. & SATTAR, S.A. 2012 'Sharkwatch' Maldives. Abstract In: Book of Abstracts. 12th International Coral Reef Symposium, 9-13 July 2012, Cairns, Queensland, Australia: 309
VIGNAUD, T. & MOURIER, J. & CLUA, E. & PLANES, S. 2012 Evidence of fragmented reef shark populations in the insular Pacific. Abstract In: Book of Abstracts. 12th International Coral Reef Symposium, 9-13 July 2012, Cairns, Queensland, Australia: 309-310
BECKER, M.A. & CHAMBERLAIN, J.A. 2012 Squalicorax Chips a Tooth: A Consequence of Feeding-Related Behavior from the Lowermost Navesink Formation (Late Cretaceous: Campanian-Maastrichtian) of Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA. Geosciences, 2 (2): 109-129
CUNY, G. 2012 Freshwater hybodont sharks in Early Cretaceous ecosystems : A review. In: Bernissart dinosaurs and Early Cretaceous terrestrial ecosystems, GODEFROIT, P. (ed.), Indiania University Press, Bloomington: 519-529
MALYSHKINA, T. 2012 New Sharks of the Genus Abdounia (Carcharhiniformes: Carcharhinidae) from the Upper Eocene of the Trans-Ural Region. Paleonotological Journal, 46 (4): 392-399 http://dx.doi.org/10.1134/S0031030112040053
NAGRODSKI, M. & SHIMADA, K. & SCHUMACHER, B.A. 2012 Marine vertebrates from the Hartland Shale (Upper Cretaceous: Upper Cenomanian) in southeastern Colorado, USA. Cretaceous Research, 37: 76–88 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cretres.2012.03.007
Moss Landing Marine Laboratories Student Discovers Eight New Sharks
August 8, 2012
Moss Landing Marine Laboratories Student Discovers Eight New Sharks
BY BRYNN HOOTON-KAUFMAN
Moss Landing, Calif. – 8 August 2012 - Moss Landing Marine Laboratories graduate student Paul Clerkin recently returned from a two-month research cruise in the southern Indian Ocean, and he brought with him exciting discoveries. In his cargo were eight newly discovered deep-sea shark species, caught by fishermen trawling seamounts along the Melville Ridge. These new sharks may be even more important than the charismatic white shark, said Moss Landing Marine Laboratories Pacific Shark Research Center Director Dr. Dave Ebert.
The new shark species came from a remote location that took a week of boat travel across open ocean to reach, the isolation making it a poorly studied area that was ripe for discoveries. “Sharks haven’t really been explored as much as we think,” said Clerkin. Dr. Ebert suggests it’s this lack of basic information about sharks that makes these new species so important. “White sharks are protected in North America and in many places through the world, while these new species aren’t even known and therefore can’t be protected,” said Dr. Ebert. New discoveries like Clerkin’s are critical, therefore, to keep shark species such as these from falling under the radar.
Clerkin will be taking more than eighty-six measurements and collecting genetic data from each of the sharks to confirm that they are, in fact, new species. He will then take to the exciting task of naming them, a rare opportunity for such a young researcher. Clerkin credits much of his newfound success to Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. “ The Pacific Shark Research Center at Moss Landing Marine Labs has great opportunities for students to collaborate with a network of international organizations and researchers,” Clerkin said. “The trip was very rewarding for me, and I’m very grateful to have had the experience.”
Moss Landing Marine Laboratories’ Pacific Shark Research Center is the second-leading contributor in discovering and naming new shark species in recent years, with over 20 new species named.
"This is a pile of Kitefin sharks. Known to be solitary hunters this group of 70plus Kitefin sharks came up in the same tow. This leads me to believe there are some aspects of their behavior that we do not fully understand."
"This is a “False Catshark” (Pseudotriakidae microdon). They are considered very rare. We got a number of them on the ship which leads me to question if they are actually rare or if they just live in obscure locations at great depths."
"Here is another False Catshark. I took data in the factory. There is little known about this rare shark."
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The remains of several new toothy shark species, with at least three dating to 270 million years ago, are found in the desert state.
The remains of several new toothy shark species, with at least three dating to 270 million years ago, have been unearthed in Arizona, according to a new study.
The research, published in the latest issue of Historical Biology, suggests that Arizona was home to the most diverse collection of sharks in the world during the pre-dinosaur Middle Permian era. The researchers have discovered many other new shark species from the area, with papers in the works to document them.