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Upcoming Meetings:

28-30th October 2016

EEA2016 will be hosted by the Shark Trust and held at Bristol Aquarium, Bristol UK.

The conference will provide an excellent forum for discussion and networking bringing together researchers, advocates and students from across Europe and beyond.

With sessions reflecting the three pillars of the Shark Trust’s work and the key objectives of the recently launched Global Shark and Ray Initiative (GSRI), the Shark Trust invites you to submit abstracts for oral (15 minute and 5 minute options) and poster presentations under the following themes:

   - Species Conservation
   - Fisheries Management
   - Responsible Trade and Consumption

There will also be a number of general sessions covering a broad range of topics depending on submissions.

The Shark Trust encourages speakers to consider the potential management or conservation applications of their research and reflect them in their presentations -  abstract selection will be undertaken by the Conference Committee.

Abstract submission & Student Bursary applications.  Closing date 17th September

Registration: Don't miss out on the EARLY BIRD registration rates:  register today!

More information on the keynote speakers and social opportunities will be released through the website in the coming weeks - so check back for more details!
Hope to see you all in October!

International Marine Conservation Congress


30 July - 3 August 2016 • St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador (YYT)

To conserve the world’s oceans we must go beyond science, and use it to inform policy and management, and ultimately to catalyze change. The Society for Conservation Biology's International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC) brings together conservation professionals and students to develop new and powerful tools to further marine conservation science and policy.

The Call for Abstracts is currently open!

IMCCs are organized by the Marine Section of the Society for Conservation Biology.


UPDATED INFORMATION AT http://encuentro2016.squalus.org/

V Colombian meeting on Chondrichthyes (CMC) from 24 to 28 October 2016
Deadline for submission of abstracts/Fecha límite de envío de resúmenes: June 30, 2016
Date of response by the Organizing Committee/Fecha de respuesta por parte del Comité Organizador: July 30, 2016
please visit:http://encuentro2016.squalus.org/


The IWSC4 website is now live at http://www.iwsc4.com/, and registration and abstracts are being accepted online for oral and poster sessions.  The deadline for abstract submission is January 15, 2016.  Additional details can be found on the website, along with a printable meeting poster (poster attached here as well).
This international gathering of whale shark scientists, conservationists and decision-makers will feature the most recent advances in research, conservation and management of whale sharks globally.  The meeting will further highlight research on whale shark populations in the Arabian Gulf.  The conference will integrate six themes: 1) Growth and Reproduction, 2) Behavior and Ecology; 3) Physiology; 4) Genetics; 5) Wildlife Tourism; and 6) Threats and Management.  Meeting proceedings will be published in the peer-reviewed, open access journal Qscience Connect (http://www.qscience.com/loi/connect).

Registration is now open for the IUCN World Conservation Congress, taking place from 1 to 10 September 2016 in Hawaiʻi, U.S.A. Visit the Congress website to register for the event and book your accommodation.

  • SIBIC 2016: VI Iberian Congress of ichthyology. 21.-24. June 2016, Murcia, Spain;a special session will be dedicated to Chondrichthyan research!
    • Registration starting on 1st September 2015
    • Call for abstracts starting on 1st October 2015
    • Abstracts submission deadline: 15th February 2016
    • Early-bird registration fee deadline: 31st March 2016

  • 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

Newly described species/Taxonomic News:


CONCHA, F.J. & EBERT, D.E. & LONG, D.J. (2016): Notoraja martinezi sp. nov., a new species of deepwater skate and the first record of the genus Notoraja Ishiyama, 1958 (Rajiformes: Arhynchobatidae) from the eastern Pacific Ocean. Zootaxa, 4098 (1): 179–1902
New species: Notoraja martinezi
Abstract: A new arhynchobatid skate, Notoraja martinezi, sp. nov., is described from four specimens collected from the eastern Central Pacific from Costa Rica to Ecuador and between depths of 1256–1472 m. The new species is placed in the genus Notorajabased on the long and flexible rostrum and its proportionally long tail with respect to total length. This species is distinct from its congeners in the Western Pacific by the straight margins of its rostrum, long anterior lobes of pelvic fins, and its abundant and very well developed caudal thorns.


IVANOV, A.O. & NESTELL, M.K. & NESTELL, G.P. (2015): Middle Permian fish microremains from the Early Capitanian of the Guadalupe Mountains, West Texas, USA. Micropaleontology, 61 (4-5): 301-312
New species: Cooleyella duffini
Abstract: A diverse fish microremain assemblage, including the symmoriiform sharkStethacanthulus, jalodontid Texasodus, hybodontiform "Polyacrodus", neoselachian Cooleyella; haplolepid, elonichthyid actinopterygians and Varialepis; as well as undetermined symmoriiforms, euselachians and actinopterygians, is described from the Rader Limestone Member of the Bell Canyon Formation (Capitanian, Middle Permian) of the "Rader Slide" section, the Guadalupe Mountains, West Texas, USA. The assemblage contains widely distributed taxa and one new species Cooleyella duffini found at two Permian localities of Nevada and Texas. The internal structure in the teeth of S. meccaensis is first reconstructed and illustrated using microtomography.

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Latest Research Articles


Extant Chondrichthyes:

ARI, C. & D’AGOSTINO, D.P. (2016) Contingency checking and self-directed behaviors in giant manta rays: Do elasmobranchs have self-awareness? Journal of Ethology, in presshttp://dx.doi.org/10.​1007/​s10164-016-0462-z
BALLANTYNE, J.S. (2016) Some of the most interesting things we know, and don’t know, about the biochemistry and physiology of elasmobranch fishes (sharks, skates and rays). Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Part B, Biochemistry and Molecular Biologyhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cbpb.2016.03.005
BARRETO, R.R. & DE FARIAS, W.K.T. & ANDRADE, H. & SANTANA, F.M. & LESSA, R. (2016) Age, Growth and Spatial Distribution of the Life Stages of the Shortfin Mako, Isurus oxyrinchus (Rafinesque, 1810) Caught in the Western and Central Atlantic. PLoS ONE, 11 (4): e0153062 http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0153062
BELLEGGIA, M. & ANDRADA, N. & PAGLIERI, S. & CORTÉS, F. & MASSA, A.M. & FIGUEROA, D.E. & BREMEC, C. (2016) Trophic ecology of yellownose skate Zearaja chilensis, a top predator in the south-western Atlantic Ocean. Journal of Fish Biology, 88 (3): 1070–1087http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jfb.12878
BERTHE, C. & LECCHINI, D. (2016) Influence of boat noises on escape behaviour of white-spotted eagle ray Aetobatus ocellatus at Moorea Island (French Polynesia). Comptes Rendus Biologies, 339 (2): 99-103 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.crvi.2016.01.001
BERTHE, C. & LECCHINI, D. & MOURIER, J. (2016) Chafing behavior on a patch of sandy bottom by ocellated eagle ray (Aetobatus ocellatus). Marine Biodiversity, in presshttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12526-016-0463-8
BEST, P.B. &  PHOTOPOULOU, T. (2016) Identifying the “demon whale-biter”: Patterns
of scarring on large whales attributed to a
cookie-cutter shark Isistius sp. PLoS ONE, 11 (4): e0152643 http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0152643
BINEESH, K.K. & GOPALAKRISHNAN, A. & AKHILESH, K.V. & SAJEELA, K.A. & ABDUSSAMAD, E.M. & PILLAI, N.G.K. & BASHEER, V.S. & JENA, J.K. & WARD, R.D. (2016) DNA barcoding reveals species composition of sharks and rays in the Indian commercial fishery. Mitochondrial DNA Part A: DNA Mapping, Sequencing, and Analysis, in presshttp://dx.doi.org/10.3109/19401736.2015.1137900
BOOMSMA, A. & SOTIROPOULOS, F. (2016) Direct numerical simulation of sharkskin denticles in turbulent channel flow. Physics of Fluids, 28: 035106 http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4942474
BORSA, P. & DURAND, J.D. & CHEN, W.J. & HUBERT, N. & MUTHS, D. & MOU-THAM, G. & KULBICKI, M. (2016) Comparative phylogeography of the western Indian Ocean reef fauna.Acta Oecologica, 72: 72-86 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.actao.2015.10.009
BROOKS, J.L. & GUTTRIDGE, T.L. & FRANKS, B.R. & GRUBBS, R.D. & CHAPMAN, D.D. & GRUBER, S.H. & DIBATTISTA, J.D. & FELDHEIM, K.A. (2016) Using genetic inference to re-evaluate the minimum longevity of the lemon shark Negaprion brevirostris. Journal of Fish Biology, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jfb.12943
BYRNES, E.E. & POUCA, C.V. & BROWN, C. (2016) Laterality strength is linked to stress reactivity in Port Jackson sharks (Heterodontus portusjacksoni). Behavioural Brain Research, 305: 239–246 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bbr.2016.02.033
CLUA, E. &  SÉRET, B. (2016) Species identification of the shark involved in the 2007 Lifou fatal attack on a swimmer: A reply to Tirard et al. (2015). Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, 40: 58-60 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jflm.2016.03.004
COLONELLO, J.H. & CORTÉS, F. & BELLEGGIA, M. & MASSA, A.M. (2016) Reproductive and population parameters of spiny dogfish Squalus acanthias in the south-western Atlantic Ocean. Journal of Fish Biology, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jfb.12940
CONCHA, F.J. & EBERT, D.E. & LONG, D.J. (2016) Notoraja martinezi sp. nov., a new species of deepwater skate and the first record of the genus Notoraja Ishiyama, 1958 (Rajiformes: Arhynchobatidae) from the eastern Pacific Ocean. Zootaxa, 4098 (1): 179–190http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4098.1.9
CORRIGAN, S. & HUVENEERS, C. & STOW, A. & BEHEREGARAY, L.B. (2016) A multilocus comparative study of dispersal in three codistributed demersal sharks from eastern Australia.Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 73 (3): 406 - 415 http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjfas-2015-0085
DELPIANI, G. (2016) Reproductive biology of the southern thorny skate Amblyraja doellojuradoi (Chondrichthyes, Rajidae). Journal of Fish Biology, 88 (4): 1413–1429 http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jfb.12917
DI SANTO, V. (2016) Intraspecific variation in physiological performance of a benthic elasmobranch challenged by ocean acidification and warming. Journal of Experimental Biology, in press
DÍAZ-JAIMES, P. & BAYONA-VÁSQUEZ, N.J. & ADAMS, D.H. & URIBE-ALCOCER, M. (2016) Complete mitochondrial DNA genome of bonnethead shark, Sphyrna tiburo, and phylogenetic relationships among main superorders of modern elasmobranchs. Meta Gene, 7: 48-55 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mgene.2015.11.005
DOLGANOV, V.N.  & GINANOVA, T.T. (2016) Pseudocarchariidae, a family of lamnoid sharks that are new to the fauna of Russia. Russian Journal of Marine Biology, 42 (1): 100-101http://dx.doi.org/10.1134/S1063074016010077
DOMINGUES, R.R. & CALTABELLOTTA, F.P. & AMORIM, A.F. (2016) Length–length and length–weight relationships of Carcharhinus falciformis and C. signatus (Carcharhinidae: Carcharhinus) caught by commercial fisheries in the Southwest Atlantic Ocean. Regional Studies in Marine Science, 6: 83–86 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rsma.2016.03.014
ESTALLES, M.L. & PERIER, M.R. & DI GIÁCOMO, E.E. (2016) Trophic ecology of the smallnose fanskate Sympterygia bonapartii in the San Matías Gulf, northern Patagonia, Argentina.Ichthyological Research, 63 (2): 207-217 http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10228-015-0489-0
EVERY, S.L. & PETHYBRIDGE, H.R. & CROOK, D.A. & KYNE, P.M. & FULTON, C.J. (2016)Comparison of fin and muscle tissues for analysis of signature fatty acids in tropical euryhaline sharks. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 479: 46–53http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jembe.2016.02.011
FLORES-MARTÍNEZ, I.A. & TORRES-ROJAS, Y.E. & GALVÁN-MAGAÑA, F. &RAMOS-MIRANDA. J. (2016) Diet comparison between silky sharks (Carcharhinus falciformis) and scalloped hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna lewini) off the south-west coast of Mexico. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0025315416000424
GAITÁN-ESPITIA, J.D. & SOLANO-IGUARAN, J.J. & TEJADA-MARTINEZ, D. & QUINTERO-GALVIS, J.F. (2016) Mitogenomics of electric rays: evolutionary considerations within Torpediniformes (Batoidea; Chondrichthyes). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/zoj.12417
GERAGHTY, P.T. & MACBETH, W.G. & WILLIAMSON, J.E. (2016) Aspects of the reproductive biology of dusky, spinner and sandbar sharks (Family Carcharhinidae) from the Tasman Sea.Marine and Freshwater Research, 67 (4): 513-525 http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF14228
GOMES DO RÊGO, M. & FITZPATRICK, J.L. & HAZIN, F.H.V. & ARAUJO, M.L.G. & BARROS, M.E.G. & EVÊNCIO NETO, J. (2016) Comparison of the Morphology and Histomorphometry of Spermatogenic Cyst of Three Sharks Species With Diametric Testes. The Anatomical Record, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ar.23326
GOSHIMA, M. & SEKIGUCHI, R. & MATSUSHITA, M. & NONAKA, M. (2016) The complement system of elasmobranches revealed by liver transcriptome analysis of a hammerhead shark, Sphyrna zygaena. Developmental and Comparative Immunology, 61: 13-24http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dci.2016.03.009
HOFF, G.R. (2016) Identification of multiple nursery habitats of skates in the eastern Bering Sea.Journal of Fish Biology, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jfb.12939
HUVENEERS, C. & KLEBE, S. & FOX, A. & BRUCE, B. & ROBBINS, R. & BORUCINSKA, J.D. & JONES, R. & MICHAEL, M.Z. (2016) First histological examination of a neoplastic lesion from a free-swimming white shark, Carcharodon carcharias L. Journal of Fish Diseases, in presshttp://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jfd.12458
KAJIURA, S.M. & TELLMAN, S.L. (2016) Quantification of Massive Seasonal Aggregations of Blacktip Sharks (Carcharhinus limbatus) in Southeast Florida. PLoS ONE, 11 (3): e0150911http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0150911
LOISEAU, N. & KISZKA, J.J. & BOUVEROUX, T. & HEITHAUS, M.R. & SORIA, M. & CHABANET, P. (2016) Using an unbaited stationary video system to investigate the behaviour and interactions of bull sharks Carcharhinus leucas under an aquaculture farm. African Journal of Marine Science, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.2989/1814232X.2016.1156578
LTEIF, M. & MOUAWAD, R. & KHALAF, G. & LENFANT, P. & VERDOIT-JARRAYA, M. (2016)Population biology of an endangered species: the common guitarfish Rhinobatos rhinobatos in Lebanese marine waters of the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Journal of Fish Biology, 88 (4): 1441–1449 http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jfb.12921
MARSILI, L. & COPPOLA, D. & GIANNETTI, M. & CASINI, S. & FOSSI, M.C. &  VAN WYK, J.H. & SPERONE, E. & TRIPEPI, S. & MICARELLI, P. & RIZZUTO, S. (2016) Skin Biopsies as a Sensitive Non-Lethal Technique for the Ecotoxicological Studies of Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias) Sampled in South Africa. Expert Opinion on Environmental Biology, 4: 1000126 http://dx.doi.org/10.4172/2325-9655.1000126
MAYA MENESES, C.I. & TORRES ROJAS, Y.E. & MAGAÑA, F.G. & AGUIÑIGA GARCIA, S. & TRASVIÑA CARRILLO, L.D. (2016) Trophic overlap between blue sharks (Prionace glauca) and shortfin makos (Isurus oxyrinchus): Trophic linkages between two shark species In the Eastern Pacific Ocean food web. Food Webs, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fooweb.2016.03.002
MEEKAN, M.G. & TREVITT, L. & SIMPFENDORFER, C.A. & WHITE, W. (2016) The piggybacking stingray. Coral Reef, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00338-016-1429-9
MICARELLI, P. &  SPERONE, E. (2016) New record of the great white shark Carcharodon carcharias from Lampedusa. Mediterranean Marine Science, 17 (1): 230-252
MOLLEN, F.H. & VAN BAKEL, B.W.M. & JAGT, J.W.M. (2016) A partial braincase and other skeletal remains of Oligocene angel sharks (Chondrichthyes, Squatiniformes) from northwest Belgium, with comments on squatinoid taxonomy. Contributions to Zoology, 85 (2) 147-171
MOTTA, N.S. & DELLA-FINA, N. & SOUZA, C.C. & RODRIGUES, E.S. & AMORIM, A.F. (2016) Analysis of food habits of skate Rioraja agassizii (Elasmobranchii, Rajidae) from southern Brazil. Brazilian Journal of Biology, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/1519-6984.21414
NORMAN, B.M. & REYNOLDS, S. & MORGAN, D.L. (2016) Does the whale shark aggregate along the Western Australian coastline beyond Ningaloo Reef? Pacific Conservation Biology, 22 (1): 72-80 http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/PC15045
NUNES, J. L. S. & RINCON, G. & PIORSKI, N.M. & MARTINS, A.P.B. (2016) Near-term embryos in a Pristis pristis (Elasmobranchii: Pristidae) from Brazil. Journal of Fish Biology, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jfb.12946
O‘CONNELL, C.P. & LEURS, G. (2016) A minimally invasive technique to assess several life-history characteristics of the endangered great hammerhead shark Sphyrna mokarran. Journal of Fish Biology, 88 (3): 1257–1264 http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jfb.12900
OSAER, F. & NARVÁEZ, K. & PAJUELO, J.G. & LORENZO, J.M. (2016) The angel shark Squatina squatina prey of the isopod Aegapheles deshaysiana. Marine Biodiversity, 46 (1): 29-30http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12526-015-0358-0
PIERCY, A.N. & MURIE, D.J. & GELSLEICHTER, J.J. (2016) Histological and morphological aspects of reproduction in the sandbar shark Carcharhinus plumbeus in the U.S. south-eastern Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. Journal of Fish Biology, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jfb.12945
PU, X. & LI, G. & HUANG, H. (2016) Preparation, anti-biofouling and drag-reduction properties of a biomimetic shark skin surface. Biology Open, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1242/bio.016899
RAOULT, V. & PEDDEMORS, V. & WILLIAMSON, J.E. (2016) Biology of angel sharks (Squatina sp.) and sawsharks (Pristiophorus sp.) caught in south-eastern Australian trawl fisheries and the New South Wales shark-meshing (bather-protection) program. Marine and Freshwater Research, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF15369
SAIDI, B. & ENAJJAR, S. & BRADAI, M.N. (2016) Elasmobranch captures in shrimps trammel net fishery off the Gulf of Gabès (Southern Tunisia, Mediterranean Sea). Journal of Applied Ichthyology, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jai.13061
SANTANDER-NETO, J. & ARAÚJO, M.L.G. & LESSA, R.P. (2016) Reproductive biology of Urotrygon microphthalmum (Batoidea: Urotrygonidae) from north-eastern Brazil, tropical west Atlantic Ocean. Journal of Fish Biology, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jfb.12951
SEQUEIRA, A.M.M. & THUMS, M. & BROOKS, K. & MEEKAN, M.G. (2016) Error and bias in size estimates of whale sharks: implications for understanding demography. Royal Society Open Science, 3 (3): 150668 http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsos.150668
SGUOTTI, C. & LYNAM, C.P. & GARCÍA-CARRERAS, B. & ELLIS, J.R. & ENGELHARD, G.H. (2016) Distribution of skates and sharks in the North Sea: 112 years of change. Global Change Biology, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/gcb.13316
SHAMSI, S. & SUTHAR, J. (2016) Occurrence of Terranova larval types (Nematoda: Anisakidae) in Australian marine fish with comments on their specific identities. PeerJ, 4: e1722http://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.1722
SHAW, A.L. & FRAZIER, B.S. & KUCKLICK, J.R. & SANCHO, G. (2016) Trophic Ecology of a Predatory Community in a Shallow-Water, High-Salinity Estuary Assessed by Stable Isotope Analysis. Marine and Coastal Fisheries: Dynamics, Management, and Ecosystem Science, 8 (1): 46-61 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19425120.2015.1121940
SHIFFMAN, D.S. & HAMMERSCHLAG, N. (2016) Shark conservation and management policy: a review and primer for non-specialists. Animal Conservation, in press http://dx.doi.org/http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/acv.12265
SMART, J.J. & CHIN, A. & BAJE, L. & GREEN, M.E. & APPLEYARD, S.A. & TOBIN, A.J. &  SIMPFENDORFER, C.A. & WHITE, W.T. (2016) Effects of Including Misidentified Sharks in Life History Analyses: A Case Study on the Grey Reef Shark Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos from Papua New Guinea. PLoS ONE, 11 (4): e0153116 http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0153116
TAGLIAFICO, A. & EHEMANN, N. & RANGEL, M.S. & RAGO, N. (2016) Exploitation and reproduction of the bullnose ray (Myliobatis freminvillei) caught in an artisanal fishery in La Pared, Margarita Island, Venezuela. Fishery Bulletin 114 (2): 144-152
TAKABE, S. & INOKUCHI, M. & YAMAGUCHI, Y. & HYODO, S. (2016) Distribution and dynamics of branchial ionocytes in houndshark reared in full-strength and diluted seawater environments. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Part A, Molecular & Integrative Physiology, 198: 22-32 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cbpa.2016.03.019
TORRES-HUERTA, A.M. & MERAZ, J. & CARRASCO-BAUTISTA, P.E. & DÍAZ-CARBALLIDO, P.L. (2016) Morphological abnormalities of round rays of the genus Urotrygon in the Gulf of Tehuantepec. Marine Biodiversity, 46 (1): 309-315 http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12526-015-0347-3
TREBERG, J.R. & SPEERS-ROESCH, B. (2016) Does the physiology of chondrichthyan fishes constrain their distribution in the deep sea? Journal of Experimental Biology, 219 (5): 615-625http://dx.doi.org/10.1242/jeb.128108
VANDENPLAS, S. & VANDEGHINSTE, R. & BOUTET, A. & MAZAN, S. & HUYSSEUNE, A.(2016) Slow cycling cells in the continuous dental lamina of Scyliorhinus canicula new evidence for stem cells in sharks. Developmental Biology, 413 (1): 39–49 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ydbio.2016.03.004
VAUDO, J.J. & WETHERBEE, B.M. & WOOD, A.D. & WENIG, K. & HOWEY-JORDAN, L.A. & HARVEY, G.M. & SHIVJI, M.S. (2016) Vertical movements of shortfin mako sharks Isurus oxyrinchus in the western North Atlantic Ocean are strongly influenced by temperature. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 547: 163-175 http://dx.doi.org/10.3354/meps11646
VAZQUEZ, J. A. & BLANCO, M. & FRAGUAS, J. & PASTRANA, L. & PEREZ-MARTIN, R. (2016) Optimisation of the extraction and purification of chondroitin sulphate from head by-products of Prionace glauca by environmental friendly processes. Food Chemistry, 198: 28-35http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foodchem.2015.10.087
YıLDıZ, T. & YEMIŞKEN, E. & KARAKULAK, F.S. & UZER, U. & DALYAN, C. & ORAY, I.K. (2016) A new record of dasyatid fish from the Sea of Marmara: Tortonese’s stingray, Dasyatis tortonesei Capapé, 1975 (Dasyatidae). Journal of Applied Ichthyology, in presshttp://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jai.13087

Extinct Chondrichthyes:
 FANTI, F. & MINELLI, D. & CONTE, G.L. & MIYASHITA, T. (2016) An exceptionally preserved Eocene shark and the rise of modern predator–prey interactions in the coral reef food web.Zoological Letters, 2: 9 http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s40851-016-0045-4
KRIWET, J. & KLUG, S. (2016) Crassodontidanidae, a replacement name for Crassonotidae Kriwet and Klug, 2011 (Chondrichthyes, Hexanchiformes). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02724634.2016.1119698
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Marine protected areas can benefit large sharks

Researchers evaluated movements of highly mobile sharks in relation to protected areas


What the Heck Is This Shark?

One of the marvelous things about the ocean is how alien it often feels to us terrestrials, especially when we come across one of the many unusual-looking species that call it home. There’s no better biome than the deep blue sea to remind us just how diverse our planet’s lifeforms really are.

Prey scarcity and competition led to extinction of ancient monster shark

It lived millions of years ago and was three times as large as the great white shark: the megalodon. So far its extinction has been explained with the onset of an ice age. However, researchers have now come to the conclusion that responsibility for the decline of the monster shark lays not with the climate, but with other species.


Shark population threatened due to fin harvesting

Study shows shark conservation needs to include alternative livelihoods for fin harvesters

Mysterious deep-sea sharks biting chunks out of migrating whales

Every scar tells a story. Whales migrating through tropical waters often carry crater-like wounds, and cookie-cutter sharks looked like the culprits. But we lacked data on how frequent suchattacks by sharks on whales might be, and where and when they happen.

Is he lost? The alarming moment kayaker gets up close to a giant basking shark off the Irish coast

  • Shark spotted by intrepid kayaker off the coast of Kilkee, Ireland
  • He films the fish's fin sticking out as well as its route underwater
  • Its cavernous mouth is wide open as it swims past 
  • Local media reported that 20 basking sharks had been spotted in the area
  • They are not aggressive and are harmless to humans

Sonic hedgehog gene provides evidence that our limbs may have evolved from sharks' gills

Latest analysis shows that human limbs share a genetic programme with the gills of cartilaginous fishes such as sharks and skates, providing evidence to support a century-old theory on the origin of limbs that had been widely discounted.