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Paleontological Papers  (new added)

BROUGH, J. (1935) : On the structure and relationships of the Hybodont sharks. Memoirs and Proceedings of the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society, 79: 35-49, 1 fig., 3 pl.

DE ALESSANDRI, D. (1910) : Studii sui pesci triasici della Lombardia. Mem. Soc. Sci. Nat., Milano, 7 : 1-145.

ERASMO, G.D. (1960) : Nuovi avanzi ittiolitici della «Série di Lugh» in Somalia conservati nel Museo geologico di Firenze. Palaeontographia Italica, 55: 1-23.

KRIWET, J. (2008) : A new species of extinct bullhead sharks, Paracestracion viohli sp. nov. (Neoselachii, Heterodontiformes), from the Upper Jurassic of South Germany. Ichthyolith Issues, Special Publication 11: 12.

MOSS, M.L. (1970) : Enamel and bone in shark teeth: With a note on fibrous enamel in fishes. Acta Anatomica, 77: 161-187.

REIF, W.-E. (1974) : Teeth and dermal denticles of Heterodontus falcifer (Upper Jurassic) and Heterodontus japonicus (Recent). Annual Report of the Keikyu Aburatsubo Marine Park Aquarium 5,6: 16-20.

STENSIÖ, E.A. (1932) : Triassic fishes from Seast Greenland collected by the Danish expeditions in 1929-1931. Meddelelser om Grønland, 83 (3): 1-305, 94 fig., 39 tagl.

WHITE, E.I. (1968) : Devonian fishes of the Mawson-Mulock area, Victoria Land, Antarctica. Trans-Antarctic Exp. 1955-1958, Scient. Rep. no. 16, Geol., 5: 1-26.


Acta Zoologica (Stockholm)

HOLMGREN, N. 1940 Studies on the head in fishes. Embryological, morphological, and phylogenetical researches. Part I. Development of the skull in sharks and rays. Acta Zoologica (Stockholm), 21 (1-3): 51-267


Bulletin du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle

SIGNEUX, J. 1949 Notes paleoichthyologiques. I. Observations sur le genre Scapanorhynchus et ses relations. Bulletin du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, (Série 2), 21 (5): 633-638, figs 1-3

SIGNEUX, J. 1949 Notes paléoichthyologiques. II: Sur les genres Isurus, Chiloscyllium et Triakis trouvés à l'état fossile dans le gisement sénonien de Sahel-Alma. Bulletin du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, 21 (5): 635-638, 3 fig.

SIGNEUX, J. 1950 Notes Paléoichthyologiques. III: Squalidae fossiles du Sénonien de Sahel-Alma. Bulletin du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, 22 (2): 315-319, fig.

SIGNEUX, J. 1951 Notes Paléoichthyologiques. IV: Les Rhinobatidae du Liban. Bulletin du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, 23 (6): 693-695,1 pl.

SIGNEUX, J. 1954 Notes Paléoichthyologiques. VI (suite). Cas d'ovoviviparité chez un Rhinobate fossile. Bulletin du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, 26 (5): 644-645

BRANISA, L. & HOFSTAETTER, R. & SIGNEUX, J. 1964 Addditions a la faune ichthyologique du Cretace supérieur de Bolivie. Bulletin du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, (Serie 2), 36: 279-297, 3 Fig.

BRANISA, L. & HOFSTETTER, R. 1966 Nouvelle contribution a I etude de la paléontologie et de I Age du groupe Puca (Cretace-Paleogene, Bolivie). Bulletin du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, (Série 2), 38: 301-310, 1 Fig.; Paris.

BLOT, J. 1980 La faune ichtyologique des gisements du Monte Bolca (Province de Ve´rone, Italie). Catalogue syste´matique pre´sentant l'etat actuel des recherches concernant cette faune.Bulletin du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, (Série 4), sect. C, 2 (4): 339-396.


Bulletin of the Mizunami Fossil Museum

ITOIGAWA, J. & NISHIMOTO, N. & HIROYUKI, A. 1977 Cretaceous fossil elasmobranchs from japan (first report). Bulletin of the Mizunami Fossil Museum, 4: 119-138

NISHIMOTO, H. & MOROZUMI, Y. 1979 Late Cretaceous elasmobranches from the Izumi Mountain Range. Bulletin of the Mizunami Fossil Museum, 6: 133-140

NOMURA, M. & HATANAKA, O. & NISHIMOTO, H. & KARASAWA, H. & NANAO NOJIRIKO GROUP 1991 Megasqualus serriculus Jordan and Hannibal (Squalidae: Squaliformes: Elasmobranchii) from the Middle Miocene Nanao Calcareous Sandstone, Nanao City, Noto Peninsula, Central Japan. Bulletin of the Mizunami Fossil Museum, 18: 33-45

OKAMURA, Y. & FUDOUJI, Y. & KARASAWA, H. 2000 A first record of the genus Pseudaetobatus (Myliobatiformes, Myliobatidae) from the middle Eocene Okinoshima Group, Kyushu, Japan. Bulletin of the Mizunami Fossil Museum, 27: 199-200


Revista de la Societat Paleontologica d'Elx

MENDIOLA, C. 1995 Familia Zygzabatidae n. (Batomorphii, Myliobatoidea). Zygzabatis maroccana n. gen., n. sp. Revista de la Societat Paleontologica d'Elx, 1: 1-4, 2 tabl., 1 pl.

MENDIOLA, C. 1996 Rhincodon ferriolensis n. sp. (Neoselachii, Orectolobiformes, Rhincodontidae) del Burdigaliense superior de Elche (Sureste de España). Revista de la Societat Paleontologica d'Elx, 2: 1-6, 2 fig., 1 pl.

MENDIOLA, C. 1999 Myliobatoideos nuevos (Neoselachii, Batomorphii) del Thanesiense ? de oued Zem (Cuenca de los Ouled Abdoun, Marruecos). Revista de la Societat Paleontologica d'Elx, 6: 1-42, 10 fig., pl. 1-12

MENDIOLA, C. 2001 Hallazgo de Carcharodon carcharias (Linnaeus 1758) en el Plioceno superior de Conil de la Frontera (Cádiz, España). Revista de la Societat Paleontológica d'Elx, 7: 1-9

MENDIOLA, C. 2002 Notorynchus lawleyi Cigala Fulgosi 1983 (Chondrichthyes, Hexanchiformes) en el Plioceno inferior de Guardamar y Plioceno medio de Rojales (Sureste de España, Cuenca del Bajo Segura, Cordillera Bética Oriental). Revista de la Societat Paleontológica d'Elx, 8: 1-15

MENDIOLA, C. & MARTINEZ, J. 2003 La ictiofauna fósil (Chondrichthyes, Euselachii) del Mesozoico y Cenozoico de España. Revista de la Societat Paleontológica d'Elx, 9: 1-103

MENDIOLA, C. 2004 Primera cita española del género Ptychodus AGASSIZ 1839 (Chondrichthyes, Euselachii). Revista de la Societat Paleontológica d'Elx, 13: 1-14

MENDIOLA, C. & LÓPEZ, A. 2005 La ictiofauna fósil (Chondrichthyes, Euselachii) del Serravalliense de Alicante (Sureste de España). Revista de la Societat Paleontológica d'Elx, 14: 1-51


Transactions of the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies

BREARD, S. & STRINGER, G.L. 1995 Paleoenvironment of a diverse marine vertebrate fauna from the Yazoo Clay (Late Eocene) at Copenhagen, Caldwell Parish, Louisiana. Transactions of the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, 45: 77-85

STRINGER, G.L. & BREARD, S. 1997 Comparison of otolith-based paleoecology to other fossil groups: an example from the Cane River Formation (Eocene) of Louisiana. Transactions of the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, 47: 563-570

BREARD, S. & STRINGER, G.L. 1999 Integrated paleoecology and marine vertebrate fauna of the Stone City Formation (Middle Eocene), Brazos River section, Texas. Transactions of the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, 49: 132-142

STRINGER, G.L. & BREARD, S.Q. & KONTROVITZ, M. 2001 Biostratigraphy and paleoecology of diagnostic invertebrates and vertebrates from the type locality of the Oligocene Rosefield Marl Beds, Louisiana. Transactions of the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, 51: 321-328

STRINGER, G.L. & MILLER, M. 2001 Paleoenvironmental interpretations based on vertebrate fossil assemblages: an example of their utilization in the Gulf Coast. Transactions of the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, 51: 329-338


Journal of Ichthyology

PINCHUK, V.I. & PERMITIN, Y.Y. 1970 New data on dogfish sharks of the Family Squalidae in the southeastern Atlantic. Journal of Ichthyology, 10 (3): 273-276

DOMANEVSKIY, L.N. 1975 The Frill Shark, Chlamydoselachus anguineus, from the Cape Blanc Area (Central Eastern Atlantic). Journal of Ichthyology, 15 (6): 1000-1002

GUBANOV, Y.P. 1978 The reproduction of some species of pelagic sharks from the equatorial zone of the Indian Ocean. Journal of Ichthyology, 18: 781-792

MYAGKOV, N.A. & KONDYURIN, V.V. 1978 Reproduction of the catshark Apristurus saldanha.Journal of Ichthyology, 4: 627-628

PIOTROVSKIY, A.S. & PRUT'KO, V.G. 1980 The occurrence of the goblin shark, Scapanorhynchus owstoni (Chondrichthyes, Scapanorhynchidae) in the Indian Ocean. Journal of Ichthyology, 20 (1): 124-125

LITVINOV, F.F. & AGAPOV, S.N. & KATALIMOV, V.G. & MIRONOV, S.G. 1983 Rate of tooth Replacement in Blue Shark, Prionace glauca (Carcharhinidae), in relation to Feeding. Journal of Ichthyology, 23 (1): 143-145

GUBANOV, E.P. 1985 Presence of the sharp tooth sand shark, Odontaspis ferox (Odontaspididae), in the open waters of the Indian Ocean. Journal of Ichthyology, 25 (2): 156-158

PARIN, N.V. & KOTLYAR, A.N. 1985 Electric rays of the genus Torpedo in open waters of the eastern south Pacific Ocean. Journal of Ichthyology, 26 (1): 1-12

MYAGKOV, N.A. & KONDYURIN, V.V. 1986 Dogfishes Squalus (Squalidae), of the Atlantic Ocean and comparative notes on the species of this genus from other regions. Journal of Ichthyology, 27 (1): 1-18

SHCHERBACHEV, Y.N. 1987 Preliminary list of thalassobathyal fishes of the tropical and subtropical waters of the Indian Ocean. Journal of Ichthyology, 27 (2): 37-46

GUSHCHIN, A.V. & SUKHOVERSHIN, V.V. & KONOVALENKO, I.I. & SUKHORUKOVA, V.S. 1987 On the capture of the polar shark genus Somniosus (Squalidae) in the Southern Hemisphere. Journal of Ichthyology, 27 (1): 115-117

MYAGKOV, N.A. 1987 External structure of the cephalic brain of the pelagic shark, Squaliolus laticaudus. Journal of Ichthyology, 27 (6): 125-127

GUBANOV, E.P. 1988 Morphological characteristics of the requiem shark, Carcharinus obscurus , of the Indian Ocean. Journal of Ichthyology, 28 (6): 68-73

KASHKIN, N.I. 1989 Mesopelagic ichthyofauna of the southwestern Pacific. Journal of Ichthyology, 29 (3): 116-127, tabs 1-4

MANILO, L.G. 1993 New reports of fish on the shelf and upper slope of the Western Indian Ocean. Journal of Ichthyology, 33 (1): 128-136

PSHENICHNOV, L.K. 1997 A new record for subantarctic fish fauna species of shark Squalus acanthias (Squalidae). Journal of Ichthyology, 37 (8): 678-679

NOVIKOV, N.P. 2002 Ecology of the ratfish Hydrolagus africanus (Gilchrist) from the Madagascar and Mozambique submarine ridges. Journal of Ichthyology, 42 (3): 271-274


Aqua, International Journal of Ichyology

LASSO, C.A. & RIAL, B.A. & LASSO-ALCALA, O. 1997 Notes on the biology of the freshwater stingrays Paratrygon aiereba (Müller & Henle, 1841) and Potamotrygon orbignyi (Castelnau, 1855) (Chondrichthyes: Potamotrygonidae) in the Venezuelan Llanos. Aqua, International Journal of Ichyology, 2 (3): 39-50

HUMAN, B.A. 2011 Description of a unique catshark egg capsule (Chondrichthyes: Scyliorhinidae) from the North West Shelf, Western Australia. Aqua, International Journal of Ichyology, 17 (4): 199-209



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  • SIBIC 2016: VI Iberian Congress of ichthyology. 21.-24. June 2016, Murcia, Spain;a special session will be dedicated to Chondrichthyan research!
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  • Annual joint meeting of Ichthyologists and herpetologists including the American Elasmobranch Society meeting. 2016: New Orleans, Louisiana, 6.-10. July 2016, New Orleans. Lousiana, USA. http://www.asih.org/meetings

New described species/Taxonomic News:


MARQUES, F.P.L. & REYDA, F.B. (2015): Rhinebothrium jaimei sp. n. (Eucestoda: Rhinebothriidea: Rhinebothriidae): a new species from Neotropical freshwater stingrays (Potamotrygonidae). Folia Parasitologica, 62: 057
New species: Rhinebothrium jaimei
Abstract: Neotropical freshwater stingrays (Batoidea: Potamotrygonidae) host a diversity of parasites, including some, like their hosts, that are marine-derived. Among the parasites of potamotrygonids, the cestode fauna is the most diverse, with multiple genera having been reported, including genera endemic to the freshwaters of the Neotropics and genera that have cosmopolitan distributions. Recent efforts have been made to document the diversity of cestodes of this host-parasite system and to refine the taxonomy of parasite lineages. The present study contributes to our knowledge of Rhinebothrium Linton, 1890, a diverse cosmopolitan genus of rhinebothriidean cestode, with 37 species reported from marine batoids, one species from a freshwater stingray in Borneo and six species from potamotrygonids. Rhinebothrium jaimei sp. n. is described from two species of potamotrygonids, Potamotrygon orbignyi (Castelnau) (type host) and Potamotrygon scobina Garman, from Bahía de Marajó of the lower Amazon region. It can be distinguished from most of its marine congeners via multiple attributes, including its possession of two, rather than one, posteriormost loculi on its bothridia and the lomeniform shape of its bothridium that is wider anteriorly. In addition, R. jaimei sp. n. can be distinguished from the sixRhinebothrium species described previously from potamotrygonids based on a unique combination of morphological features. Despite extensive stingray cestode sampling efforts throughout all major Neotropical river systems, we found that unlike most species of potamotrygonid Rhinebothrium species, which are widespread, R. jaimei sp. n. is restricted to the Bahía de Marajó. The discovery of this new species of Rhinebothrium in Bahía de Marajó, an area in which potamotrygonids occur sympatrically with some species of euryhaline batoids (e.g.Dasyatis spp.) and share some trophic resources, suggest that modern ecological processes may be contributing to the distribution patterns of cestodes infecting potamotrygonids.

A New Species of Pontobdella (Hirudinida: Piscicolidae) from California with a Redescription of the Genus Pontobdella. Comparative Parasitology, 82 (2): 235-239
New species: Pontobdella californiana
Abstract: Pontobdella californiana is described parasitizing California coastal water big skates,Raja binoculata, and thornback guitarfish, Platyrhinoidis triseriata. Leeches are large, up to 70 mm in total length. The oral sucker has 2 pairs of linear eyespots and 2 pairs of lateral papillae. The caudal sucker is small and terminal, with a diameter less than maximum body width. Annulus a2 has 4 large conical tubercles dorsally and 4 smaller conical tubercles ventrally. Annuli a1 and a3 have 4 small tubercles dorsally and ventrally and 2 small tubercles laterally for a total of 10 tubercles on each of these annuli.


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Extant Chondrichthyes:

ACEVEDO, K. & MORENO, F. & GRIJALBA-BENDECK, M. & ACERO, A. & PARAMO, J. (2015) Reproductive biology of the Venezuela Round Stingray Urotrygon venezuelae Schultz from the Colombian Caribbean. Caldasia, 37 (1): 197-209
ANDREOTTI, S. & VON DER HEYDEN, S. & HENRIQUES, R. & RUTZEN, M. & MEŸER, M. & OOSTHUIZEN, H. & MATTHEE, C.A. (2015) New insights into the evolutionary history of white sharks, Carcharodon carcharias.  Journal of Biogeography, in presshttp://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jbi.12641
AUSTRALIEN GOUVERNMENT (2015) Sawfish and River Sharks: Multispecies Issues Paper.Commonwealth of Australia 2015
AUSTRALIEN GOUVERNMENT (2015) Sawfish and River Sharks: Multispecies Recovery Plan. Commonwealth of Australia 2015
BARBINI,S.A. & LUCIFORA,L.O. & FIGUEROA, D.E. (2015) Using opportunistic records from a recreational fishing magazine to assess population trends of sharks. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjfas-2015-0087
BARRÍA, C. & COLL, M. & NAVARRO, J. (2015) Unravelling the ecological role and trophic relationships of uncommon and threatened elasmobranchs in the western Mediterranean Sea.Marine Ecology Progress Series, 539: 225-240 http://dx.doi.org/10.3354/meps11494
BEMIS, W.E. & MOYER, J.K. & RICCIO, M.L. (2015) Homology of Lateral Cusplets in the Teeth of Lamnid Sharks (Lamniformes: Lamnidae). Copeia, 103 (4): 961-972http://dx.doi.org/10.1643/CG-14-109
BRENA, P.F. & MOURIER, J. & PLANES, S. & CLUA, E. (2015) Shark and ray provisioning: functional insights into behavioral, ecological and physiological responses across multiple scales.Marine Ecology Progress Series, 538: 273-283 http://dx.doi.org/10.3354/meps11492
BULLOCK, R.W. & GUTTRIDGE, T.L. & COWX, I.G. & ELLIOTT, M. & GRUBER, S.H. (2015)The behaviour and recovery of juvenile lemon sharks Negaprion brevirostris in response to external accelerometer tag attachment. Journal of Fish Biology, in presshttp://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jfb.12808
CATARINO, D. & KNUTSEN, H. & VERÍSSIMO, A. & OLSEN, E.M. & JORDE, P.E. & MENEZES, G. & SANNAES, H. & STANKOVIĆ, D. & COMPANY, J.B. & NEAT, F. & DANOVARO, R. & DELL’ANNO, A. & ROCHOWSKI, B. & STEFANNI, S. (2015) The Pillars of Hercules as a bathymetric barrier to gene-flow promoting isolation in a global deep-sea shark (Centroscymnus coelolepis). Molecular Ecology, in presshttp://dx.doi.org/10.1111/mec.13453
CHAI, T.-T. & TONG, S.-R. & LAW, Y.-C. & ISMAIL, N.I.M. & MANAN, F.A. & WONG, F.-C. (2015) Anti-Oxidative, Metal Chelating and Radical Scavenging Effects of Protein Hydrolysates from Blue-spotted Stingray. Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research, 14 (8): 1349-1355http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/tjpr.v14i8.5
CLARKE, T.M. & ESPINOZA, M. & AHRENS, R. & WEHRTMANN, I.S. (2015) Elasmobranch bycatch associated with the shrimp trawl fishery off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, Central America. Fishery Bulletin, 114 (1): 1-17 http://dx.doi.org/10.7755/FB.114.1
CUEVAS, J.M. & GARCÍA, M. (2015) First record of bigeye thresher shark (Alopias supercillosus Lowe, 1841) and new record of thresher shark [Alopias vulpinus (Bonnaterre, 1788)] (Chondrichthyes, Alopiidae) from Argentina. Journal of Applied Ichthyology, in presshttp://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jai.12945
DA SILVA, J.P.C.B.  & VAZ, D.F.B. & DE CARVALHO, M.R. (2015) Systematic Implications of the Anterior Pectoral Basals in Squaliform Sharks (Chondrichthyes: Elasmobranchii). Copeia, 103 (4): 874-885 http://dx.doi.org/10.1643/CI-14-138
DE SOUZA GAMA, C. & ROSA, R.S. (2015) Uso de Recursos e Dieta das Raias de Água Doce (Chondrichthyes, Potamotrygonidae) da Reserva Biológica do Parazinho, AP (Resource use and diet of freshwater stingrays (Chondrichthyes: Potamotrygonidae) of the Biological Reserve Parazinho, AP). Biota Amazônia, 5 (1): 90-98 http://dx.doi.org/10.18561/2179-5746/biotaamazonia.v5n1p90-98
DEAN, M.N. & EKSTROM, L. & ORNAN, E.M. & BALLANTYNE, J. & WITTEN, P.E. & RILEY, C. & HABRAKEN, W. & OMELON, S. (2015) Mineral homeostasis and regulation of mineralization processes in the skeletons of sharks, rays and relatives (Elasmobranchii).Seminars in Cell and Developmental Biology, in presshttp://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.semcdb.2015.10.022
ELSTON, C. & VON BRANDIS, R.G. & COWLEY, P.D. (2015) Gastric lavage as a non-lethal method for stingray (Myliobatiformes) diet sampling. African Journal of Marine Science, 37 (3): 415-419 http://dx.doi.org/10.2989/1814232x.2015.1076519
FAUNCE, C.H. & CAHALAN, J. & BONNEY, J. & SWANSON, R. (2015) Can observer sampling validate industry catch reports from trawl fisheries? Fisheries Research, 172: 34-43http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fishres.2015.06.007
FERRETTI, F. & JORGENSEN, S. & CHAPPLE, T.K. & DE LEO, G. & MICHELI, F. (2015)Reconciling predator conservation with public safety. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 13 (8): 412-417 http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/150109
FRANCIS, M.P. & HOLDSWORTH, J.C. & BLOCK, B.A. (2015) Life in the open ocean: seasonal migration and diel diving behaviour of Southern Hemisphere porbeagle sharks (Lamna nasus). Marine Biology, 162 (11): 2305-2323 http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00227-015-2756-z
GILBERT, J.M. & BADUEL, C. & LI, Y. & REICHELT-BRUSHETT, A.J. & BUTCHER, P.A. & MCGRATH, S.P. & PEDDEMORS, V.M. & HEARN, L. & MUELLER, J. & CHRISTIDIS, L. (2015) Bioaccumulation of PCBs in liver tissue of dusky Carcharhinus obscurus, sandbar C. plumbeus and white Carcharodon carcharias sharks from south-eastern Australian waters.Marine Pollution Bulletin, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2015.10.071
HERNÁNDEZ-AGUILAR, S.B. & ESCOBAR-SÁNCHEZ, O. & GALVÁN-MAGAÑA, F. & ABITIA-CÁRDENAS, L.A. (2015) Trophic ecology of the blue shark (Prionace glauca) based on stable isotopes (δ13C and δ15N) and stomach content. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0025315415001393
KEMPER, J.M. & NAYLOR, G.J.P. (2015) The complete mitochondrial genome and phylogenetic position of the Philippines spurdog, Squalus montalbani. Mitochondrial DNA, in press
KOLMANN, M.A. & CROFTS, S.B. & DEAN, M.N. &  SUMMERS, A.P. & LOVEJOY, N.R. (2015) Morphology does not predict performance: jaw curvature and prey crushing in durophagous stingrays. Journal of Experimental Biology, in presshttp://dx.doi.org/10.1242/jeb.127340
LASSOUED, I. & HAJJI, S. & MHAMDI, S. & JRIDI, M. & BAYOUDH, A. & BARKIA, A. & NASRI, M. (2015) Digestive alkaline proteases from thornback ray (Raja clavata): Characteristics and applications. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, 80: 668-675http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2015.07.038
LEA, J.S.E. & HUMPHRIES, N.E. & CLARKE, C.R. & SIMS, D.W.  (2015) To Madagascar and back: long-distance, return migration across open ocean by a pregnant female bull shark Carcharhinus leucas. Journal of Fish Biology, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jfb.12805
LEWIS, S.A. & SETIASIH, N. & FAHMI & DHARMADI & O’MALLEY, M.P. & CAMPBELL, S.J. & YUSUF, M. & SIANIPAR, A.B. (2015) Assessing Indonesian manta and devil ray populations through historical landings and fishing community interviews. PeerJ PrePrints, 3: e1642  http://dx.doi.org/10.7287/peerj.preprints.1334v1
LIU, K.-M. & CHIN, C.-P. & CHEN, C.-H. & CHANG, J.-H. (2015) Estimating Finite Rate of Population Increase for Sharks Based on Vital Parameters. PLoS ONE 10(11): e0143008http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0143008
MARQUES, F.P.L. & REYDA, F.B. (2015) Rhinebothrium jaimei sp. n. (Eucestoda: Rhinebothriidea: Rhinebothriidae): a new species from Neotropical freshwater stingrays (Potamotrygonidae). Folia Parasitologica, 62: 057 http://dx.doi.org/10.14411/fp.2015.057
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Extinct Chondrichthyes:

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BURRESON, E.M. & PASSARELLI, J.K. (2015) A New Species of Pontobdella (Hirudinida: Piscicolidae) from California with a Redescription of the Genus Pontobdella. Comparative Parasitology, 82 (2): 235-239 http://dx.doi.org/10.1654/4757.1
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LASSO, C.A. & DONASCIMIENTO, C. & MORALES-BETANCOURT, M.A. & LASSO-ALCALA, O.M. (2015) Parasitism of freshwater stingrays (Potamotrygonidae) by hematophagous catfishes (Vandelliinae). Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters, 26 (1): 83-86


Sawfish – (probably) the most endangered fish on the planet

Conservation status and current distribution of the largetooth sawfish Pristis pristis in the Tropical Eastern Pacific


Overfishing threatens Middle East coral reefs

When marine biologist Michael Berumen first went diving off Saudi Arabia's Red Sea coast in 2008, he noticed something peculiar about the coral reefs. Then a postdoctoral fellow at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, he had travelled to the Kingdom with a group of colleagues to assess biodiversity of the Red Sea corals, one of several seed projects that had emerged from a new collaboration between Woods Hole and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).      

Why do Hammerheadsharks look like that?

Their oddly-shaped heads could help them swim, or improve their vision, or any of a host of other things

Sharks' hunting ability destroyed under climate change

The hunting ability and growth of sharks will be dramatically impacted by increased CO2 levels and warmer oceans expected by the end of the century, a University of Adelaide study has found.

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