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The aim of the Angel Shark Project is to safeguard the future of the Critically Endangered Angel Sharks throughout their natural range by:
1. Understanding the biology and behaviour of Angel Sharks through collecting observations, tagging and genetic research.
2. Reducing mortality and disturbance of Angel Sharks by working with key stakeholders.
3. Raising awareness of the importance of the Canary Islands for Angelshark conservation
4. Providing evidence for and driving legislative change with local authorities and governments.
5. Delivering Europe-wide conservation initiatives through a developed Angel Shark Conservation Network.



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Upcoming Meetings:

Besides numerous interesting topics, a symposium entitled " Evolution of cyclostomes and chondrichthyans: Molecular approaches " will be held at the joint meeting of ICZ and ZSJ- organized by our partner Dr. Shigehiro Kuraku (check out his webpage at:http://www2.clst.riken.jp/phylo/)

Shortly after the ICZ/ ZSJ meeting, there will be a mini Symposium " The Synergy of Aquariums and Zoological Science in the 21st Century " held at the Churaumi Okinawa Aquarium, check it out at:

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/

28-30th October 2016

The 20th European Elasmobranch Association (EEA) Conference
28th-30th October 2016, Bristol, UK
Join us in Bristol this October for the annual EEA conference! EEA brings together scientists, researchers, advocates and students from across Europe and beyond and provides an excellent forum for discussion and networking.
Keynote Speakers include:
         Dr. Dean Grubbs: Associate Director of Research at Florida State University & President of the American Elasmobranch Society (AES).
         Sophy McCully & Dr. Jim Ellis: Centre for the Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) & International Council for the Exploration of the Seas Working Group for Elasmobranch Fishes (ICES WGEF).
         Daniel Suddaby: Deputy Leader of WWF’s Smart Fishing Initiative.
Second call for papers!   Deadline 17th September.
The Shark Trust invites you to submit abstracts for oral presentations (options of 15 minutes or 5 minutes) and for poster presentations under the following themes:
- Species Conservation
- Fisheries Management
- Responsible Trade and Consumption
These themes reflect the Shark Trust’s three pillars of work and are the key objectives of the recently launched Global Shark and Ray Initiative (GSRI). 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 and potential speakers must have registered and paid their delegate fees prior to abstract selection.
In addition Student Bursaries are on offer and will be awarded during the conference, applications must be received by 17th September and must include an abstract for an oral presentation.

Abstract submission & Student Bursary applications.  

Register at: www.eulasmo.org/eea-2016-registration 
For more info: www.sharktrust.org/en/eea2016



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.


Systematics and Palaeobiogeographic Patterns
Mahasarakham, Thailand
1-7 August 2017


The Palaeontological Research and Education Centre in cooperation with the Faculty of
Science of the Mahasarakham University (Thailand), the University Claude Bernard Lyon1
(France), and the Natural History Museum of Geneva (Switzerland) are pleased to announce
and host the 7th INTERNATIONAL MEETING ON MESOZOIC FISHES. The meeting is dedicated
to reflect the progress in Mesozoic fish research that has been accomplished in the past 25
years since the first meeting in 1993, to discuss old and new methodologies, and to present
novel information about the evolution, diversification, and the palaeobiogeography of fishes
during the Mesozoic.
The scientific sessions will take place from August 1st – 4th, at the Mahasarakham
University, Thailand. We plan to propose a 3 days field trip for visiting several fish localities
of the Khorat plateau in the Isan region (the northeastern part of Thailand) and to visit the
Siridhorn Palaeontological Museum.
Attending the 7th Mesozoic Fishes Meeting will also be an opportunity to discover the very
rich culture of the Isan region and its traditional cuisine. We will offer pleasant dinners
including a Welcome reception at the Palaeontological Research and Education Centre
museum and a symposium dinner at a “the heritage Isan-house” (a typical local Isan house,
part of the outdoor exhibition within Mahasarakham University).

For any information, please contact the organizers: Uthumporn Deesri:
uthumporn_deesri@yahoo.com, Gilles Cuny: gilles.cuny@gmail.com, Lionel Cavin:

Newly described species/Taxonomic News:


LAST, P.R. & HENDERSON, A.C. & NAYLOR, G.J.P. (2016):
Acroteriobatus omanensis(Batoidea: Rhinobatidae), a new guitarfish from the Gulf of Oman. Zootaxa, 4144 (2): 276–286
New species: Acroteriobatus omanensis
Abstract: The recently resurrected genus Acroteriobatus is represented in the western Indian Ocean by eight species, including a new guitarfish Acroteriobatus omanensis sp. nov. This small species (reaching ~60 cm TL) was discovered off Oman in an investigation of the chondrichthyan fauna of the Arabian in 2002 and 2003. Its distinctiveness from other members of the genus Acroteriobatus is strongly supported by molecular data.Acroteriobatus omanensis sp. nov. differs from all other members of the genus by its very narrowly pointed snout and having a dense pattern of small, symmetrically arranged ocelli each consisting of a white spot surrounded by a darker rim. Acroteriobatus annulatus and A. ocellatus have a more-or-less ocellated dorsal colour pattern but the markings are larger and differ in form (ocelli consisting of a small dark central spot surrounded by a dark-edged pale ring in A. annulatus; larger, irregularly shaped ocelli with pale centres surrounded by a dark brown rim in A. ocellatus).

MANJAJI-MATSUMOTO, B.M. & LAST, P.R. (2016): Two new whiprays, Maculabatis arabica sp. nov. and M. bineeshi sp. nov. (Myliobatiformes: Dasyatidae), from the northern Indian Ocean. Zootaxa, 4144 (3): 335–353
New species: Maculabatis arabica, Maculabatis bineeshi
Abstract: Two new medium-sized whiprays, Maculabatis arabica sp. nov. and M. bineeshisp. nov., are described from specimens collected in coastal habitats of the northern Indian Ocean, off India and Pakistan. Both species superficially resemble M. randalli (Last, Manjaji-Matsumoto & Moore), and appear to have been confused with a more widely distributed whipray M. gerrardi Gray, and another undescribed species from the Indian Ocean.Maculabatis arabica sp. nov. (attains at least 63 cm DW) is diagnosed by a combination of external characters, i.e. morphometrics (e.g. relatively short disc, narrow interspaces between paired structures on the head), squamation (relatively slow denticle development and a characteristic denticle band shape), plain dorsal disc coloration (rather than spotted), and tail light brown and banded beyond the caudal sting in juveniles but almost plain in adults. Maculabatis bineeshi sp. nov. (attains at least 66 cm DW) is diagnosed by a combination of characters, i.e. morphometrics (e.g. suboval to weakly rhombic disc in young), squamation (rapid denticle development and broad denticle band with margins truncate near pectoral-fin insertions), plain dorsal disc coloration (no white spots), and a dark blackish tail (especially in young) with weakly mottled banding on its dorsal surface beyond the caudal sting. Maculabatis arabica sp. nov. appears to be confined to the Arabian Sea (from Pakistan to western India), whereas M. bineeshi sp. nov. occurs in the Arabian Sea (off Pakistan and northwestern India) and in the Bay of Bengal (confirmed off Odisha, eastern India).

LAST, P.R. & WHITE, W.T. & KYNE, P.M. (2016): Urogymnus acanthobothrium sp. nov., a new euryhaline whipray (Myliobatiformes: Dasyatidae) from Australia and Papua New Guinea. Zootaxa, 4147 (2): 162–176
New species: Urogymnus acanthobothrium
Abstract: The Mumburarr Whipray, Urogymnus acanthobothrium sp. nov. is described from a single specimen taken from the Cambridge Gulf, Western Australia, and from images of 10 other specimens from northern Australia and Papua New Guinea (all observed but not collected). It is a very large ray that attains at least 161 cm disc width, making it amongst the largest of the whiprays. The ventral tail below the caudal sting has a low, short-based fold. A ventral tail fold (or a dorsal fold) has not been recorded for any other himanturin stingray in the Indo-West Pacific. Molecular data suggest it is most closely related to a similar but more widely distributed cognate, U. granulatus. Both of these species share a suboval disc shape, similar squamation patterns, and the tail posterior to the sting is entirely white (at least in small individuals). U. acanthobothrium sp. nov. differs from U. granulatus in having a longer and more angular snout, longer tail, more posteriorly inserted caudal sting, lacks white flecks on the dorsal surface, and the ventral disc is uniformly white (rather than white with a broad black margin). It co-occurs with two other morphologically distinct Urogymnus in the region (U. asperrimus and U. dalyensis). Like U. dalyensis it occurs in both brackish and marine waters. A key is proved to the members of the genus Urogymnus.

LAST, P.R. & SÉRET, B. (2016): A new Eastern Central Atlantic skate Raja parva sp. nov. (Rajoidei: Rajidae) belonging to the Raja miraletus species complex. Zootaxa, 4147 (4): 477–489
New species: Raja parva
Abstract: An investigation of combined CO1 and NADH2 data for rajid skates referable toRaja miraletus provided evidence that populations ranging from southern Africa to the North-East Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea, once considered to represent a cline, belong to a species complex consisting of at least four valid species. Raja miraletus appears to be confined to the Mediterranean Sea, and the North-East Atlantic from the Bay of Biscay south to Morocco and Madeira. The southernmost species, referable to the resurrected Raja ocellifera, occurs off southern Africa, off Namibia and from False Bay to Durban (South Africa). Two species occur off tropical West Africa, including Raja parva sp. nov. (Senegal, Liberia and Angola but is probably more widespread within the region), and another unidentified species needing further investigation. Raja cf. miraletus, confirmed from Mauritania and Senegal, appears to be a larger skate with a broader disc, more broadly pointed snout, larger spiracles, and a slightly longer and broader tail. Raja parva sp. nov.differs from nominal members of the complex in having an unusually long procaudal tail (exceeding 22% TL), as well as a combination of other external characters. Past investigators observed morphological and anatomical differences between these forms but these were thought to be due to intraspecific variability. They postulated that an upwelling at Cape Blanco (21°N) may have isolated the Mediterranean form (R. miraletus) from Mauritania-Senegal form (now known to be two species). Similarly, the Benguela Current and upwelling off Cape Frio (18°S) were thought to be responsible for separating the Angolan form (R. parva) and South African form (R. ocellifera).

LAST, P.R. & WHITE, W.T. & NAYLOR, G.J.P. (2016): Three new stingrays (Myliobatiformes: Dasyatidae) from the Indo–West Pacific. Zootaxa, 4147 (4): 377–402
New species: Himantura australis, Taeniura lessoni, Telatrygon biasa
Abstract: Three undescribed stingrays were discovered as part of a broader revision of the family Dasyatidae that formed part of the Chondrichthyan Tree of Life project. This research forms part of a sequence of papers on rays aimed at describing unnamed species for inclusion in a multi-authored guide to rays of the world. The first part of this series focused on a redefinition of genera of the family Dasyatidae. The new Indo–West Pacific taxa are represented by separate genera from three dasyatid subfamilies: Himantura australissp. nov. (northern Australia and Papua New Guinea), Taeniura lessoni sp. nov. (Melanesia) andTelatrygon biasa sp. nov. (Indo–Malay Archipelago). Himantura australis sp. nov., which belongs to a complex of four closely related reticulate whiprays, differs subtly from its congeners in coloration, morphometrics and distribution. Taeniura lessoni sp. nov. is the second species in a genus containing the widely-distributed T. lymma, which is possibly the most abundant stingray in shallow coral-reef habitats of the Indo–Pacific, with the new species apparently restricted to Melanesia. Taeniura lessoni sp. nov. is distinguishable by the absence of a distinctive pair of vivid blue longitudinal stripes on the dorsolateral edges of the tail which is one of the most distinctive features of T. lymma. Telatrygon biasa sp. nov. belongs to a small, recently designated genus of stingrays represented by four species in the tropical Indo-West Pacific.Telatrygon biasa sp. nov. differs from these species in morphometrics. The new species differs markedly from T. zugei in its NADH2 sequence.Telatrygon crozieri is resurrected as a valid northern Indian Ocean representative of the T. zugei complex.

DE CARVALHO, M.R. (2016): Potamotrygon rex, a new species of Neotropical freshwater stingray (Chondrichthyes: Potamotrygonidae) from the middle and upper rio Tocantins, Brazil, closely allied to Potamotrygon henlei (Castelnau, 1855). Zootaxa, 4150 (5): 537–565
New species: Potamotrygon rex
Abstract: A systematic revision of the rio Tocantins stingrays has confirmed the occurrence of a new species of Potamotrygon first discovered more than two decades ago but which lacked material for a thorough description. Field surveys since undertaken in the middle and upper rio Tocantins have assembled significant material that forms the basis of an ongoing revision of the diverse Tocantins potamotrygonid assemblage. Potamotrygon rex, sp. nov., is a very large, "black stingray" species from the mid and upper rio Tocantins that is closely related to P. henlei (Castelnau), which occurs in the lower Tocantins basin and in rio Araguaia; both species do not co-occur. Potamotrygon rex, sp. nov., has a unique blackish to dark brown dorsal color with numerous small, yellow to orange irregular spots usually forming distinct clusters on dorsal disc, with ocelli in center of clusters on posterior and outer disc, dorsal tail also with clusters but lateral tail with ocelli, and a dark brownish to gray color covering most of ventral surface except nasoral region, gill slits and anterior snout in some specimens, with small whitish spots on ventral disc, pelvic fins and tail. Potamotrygon rex, sp. nov., can be further distinguished by its broad pelvic-fin apices, lack of labial grooves, irregular double row of dorsal tail thorns, and in having two angular cartilages associated with each hyomandibula. Potamotrygon rex, sp. nov., P. henlei, P. leopoldi Castex & Castello, and another new Potamotrygon species from the rio Tapajós (in description) form a species-group (the "black stingrays") occurring in rivers draining the central Brazilian shield, characterized by their black to dark brown but highly ornate dorsal color, wide pelvic fins with broadly convex apices, among other features. Potamotrygon rex, sp. nov., is the 25thspecies of Potamotrygon, and highlights that very large new species of fishes still await discovery and description in the Neotropical region.

LAST, P.R. & BOGORODSKY, S.V. & ALPERMANN, T.J. (2016): Maculabatis ambigua sp. nov., a new whipray (Myliobatiformes: Dasyatidae) from the Western Indian Ocean. Zootaxa, 4154 (1): 66–78
New species: Maculabatis ambigua
Abstract: A new whipray, Maculabatis ambigua sp. nov., described from material collected from the Red Sea and off Zanzibar (Tanzania), is probably more widespread in the northwestern Indian Ocean. It has been confused with other Indian Ocean whiprays of the genus Maculabatis (formerly Himantura in part) i.e. M. gerrardi and M. randalli. Maculabatis ambigua sp. nov. was first distinguished from these species by molecular analysis, and subsequently by a combination of morphological characters, i.e. disc shape, coloration, morphometrics and squamation. Molecular data suggest that it is most closely related to the morphologically similar M. gerrardi, which occurs further east in the Indian Ocean (Oman to Indonesia) and North-West Pacific (north to Taiwan). The dorsal disc of M. gerrarditypically has a full or partial coverage of white spots (usually present at least on the posterior disc), whereas M. ambigua sp. nov. is plain coloured. Maculabatis randalli, which occurs in the Persian and Arabian Gulfs, is plain coloured, but has a longer disc relative to its width, more acute and longer snout, longer head and larger intergill width, wider internasal distance, and a narrower secondary denticle band in adults. Maculabatis ambigua sp. nov. is relatively common in the shallow, soft-sedimentary habitats of the southern Red Sea from where it is taken as low-value or discarded bycatch of trawl fisheries. It is a medium-sized whipray with a maximum confirmed size of 840 mm disc


SRDIC, A. & DUFFIN, C.J. & MARTILL, D.M. (2016): First occurrence of the orectolobiform shark Akaimia in the Oxford Clay Formation (Jurassic, Callovian) of England. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association, 127: 506–513
New species: Akaimia myriacuspis
Abstract: The late Middle Jurassic (Callovian) Peterborough Member of the Oxford Clay Formation of eastern England yields a rich variety of marine vertebrate fossils, including a diverse assemblage of neoselachian elasmobranchs. Here we report the first record of the small Jurassic orectolobiform shark Akaimia Rees, 2010, otherwise known only from Poland and Germany, from the British Jurassic, together with an unusual, undetermined dermal denticle. The material comes from exposures in Cambridgeshire, eastern England. We refer the new specimens of Akaimia to the new taxon A. myriacuspis sp. nov., and provide a revised diagnosis for the genus.

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Latest Research Articles


Extant Chondrichthyes:

BAÑÓN, R. & MAÑO, T. & MUCIENTES, G. (2016) Observations of newborn blue sharks Prionace glauca in shallow inshore waters of the north-east Atlantic Ocean. Journal of Fish Biology, in press  http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jfb.13082
BARNES, C.J. & BUTCHER, P.A. & MACBETH, W.G. & MANDELMAN, J.W. & SMITH, S.D.A. & PEDDEMORS, V.M. (2016) Movements and mortality of two commercially exploited carcharhinid sharks following longline capture and release off eastern Australia.Endangered Species Research, 30: 193-208  http://dx.doi.org/10.3354/esr00730
BYRON, C. & MORGAN, A. (2016) Potential role of spiny dogfish in gray and harbor seal diets in the Gulf of Maine. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 550: 249-270 http://dx.doi.org/10.3354/meps11718
CORN, K.A. & FARINA, S.C. & BRASH, J. & SUMMERS, A.P. (2016) Modelling tooth–prey interactions in sharks: the importance of dynamic testing. Royal Society Open Science, 3 (8): 160141  http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsos.160141
COURTNEY, D.L. & ADKISON, M.D. & SIGLER, M.F. (2016) Risk Analysis of Plausible Incidental Exploitation Rates for the Pacific Sleeper Shark, a Data-Poor Species in the Gulf of Alaska. North American Journal of Fisheries Management, 36 (3): 523-548 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02755947.2015.1131779
CUSACK, L. & FIELD, C.L. & HOOPES, L. & MCDERMOTT, A. & CLAUSS, T. (2016)Comparison of pre- and postquarantine blood chemistry and hematology values from wild-caught Cownose rays (Rhinoptera bonasus). Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, 47 (2): 493-500  http://dx.doi.org/10.1638/2015-0267.1
DE CARVALHO, M.R. (2016) Potamotrygon rex, a new species of Neotropical freshwater stingray (Chondrichthyes: Potamotrygonidae) from the middle and upper rio Tocantins, Brazil, closely allied to Potamotrygon henlei (Castelnau, 1855). Zootaxa, 4150 (5): 537–565 http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4150.5.2
DE SOUSA RANGEL, B. & SANTANDER-NETO, J. & RICI, R.E.G. & LESSA, R. (2016)Dental sexual dimorphism and morphology of Urotrygon microphthalmum. Zoomorphology, 135 (3): 367–374  http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00435-016-0312-0
DUFFY, C. (2016) Species descriptions: Squalus cubensis In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras, www.shark-references.com, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 09/2016
DYLDIN, Y.V. & ORLOV, A.M. (2016) Ichthyofauna of Fresh and Brackish Waters of Sakhalin Island: an Annotated List with Taxonomic Comments: 1. Petromyzontidae–Clupeidae Families. Journal of Ichthyology, 56 (4): 534–555 http://dx.doi.org/10.1134/S0032945216040032
ESCALLE, L. & GAERTNER, D. & CHAVANCE, P. & DE MOLINA, A.D. & ARIZ, J. & MERIGOT, B. (2016) Consequences of fishing moratoria on catch and bycatch: the case of tropical tuna purse-seiners and whale and whale shark associated sets. Biodiversity and Conservation, 25 (9): 1637-1659  http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10531-016-1146-2
FRODELLA, N. & CANNAS, R. & VELONÀ, A. & CARBONARA, P. & FARRELL, E. D.  & FIORENTINO, F. & FOLLESAM M.C. & GAROFALO, G. & HEMIDA, F. & MANCUSI, C. & STAGIONI, M. & UNGARO, N. & SERENA, F. & TINTI, F. & CARIANI, A. (2016)Population connectivity and phylogeography of the Mediterranean endemic skate Raja polystigma and evidence of its hybridization with the parapatric sibling R. montagui. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 554: 99-113  http://dx.doi.org/10.3354/meps11799
GAO, C.X. & DAI, X.J. & TIAN, S.Q. & WU, F. & ZHU, J.F. (2016) Demographic analysis of the blue shark, Prionace glauca, in the North Atlantic Ocean. [Article in Chinese] ing Yong Sheng Tai Xue Bao, 27 (2): 622-628
GARLA, R.C. & GADIG, O.B.F. & GARRONE-NETO, D. (2016) Movement and activity patterns of the nurse shark, Ginglymostoma cirratum, in an oceanic Marine Protected Area of the South-western Atlantic. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, in press  http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0025315416001028
GLEISS, A.C. & MORGAN, D.L. & WHITTY, J.M. & KELEHER, J.J. & FOSSETTE, S. & HAYS, G.C. (2016) Are vertical migrations driven by circadian behaviour? Decoupling of activity and depth use in a large riverine elasmobranch, the freshwater sawfish (Pristis pristis). Hydrobiologia, in press  http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10750-016-2957-6
HEITHAUS, M.R. & KISZKA, J.J. & CADINOUCHE, A. & DULAU-DROUOT, V. & BOUCAUD, V. & PÉREZ -JORGE, S. & WEBSTER, I. (2016) Spatial variations of shark-inflicted injuries to insular Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) of the SW Indian Ocean. Marine Mammal Science, in press  http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/mms.12346
JOUNG, S.-J. & CHEN, N.-F. & HSU, H.-H. & LIU, K.-M. (2016) Estimates of life history parameters of the oceanic whitetip shark, Carcharhinus longimanus, in the Western North Pacific Ocean. Marine Biology Research, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17451000.2016.1203947
KOUSTENI, V. & KASAPIDIS, P. & KOTOULAS, G. & MEGALOFONOU, P. (2016)Evidence of high genetic connectivity for the longnose spurdog Squalus blainville in the Mediterranean Sea. Mediterranean Marine Science, 17 (2): 371-383 http://dx.doi.org/10.12681/mms.1222
KOUSTENI, V. & MEGALOFONOU, P. (2016) Observations on the biological traits of the rare shark Oxynotus centrina (Chondrichthyes: Oxynotidae) in the Hellenic Sea. Journal of Fish Biology, in press  http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jfb.13077
KUMAR, R.R. & VENU, S. & BINEESH, K.K. & BASHEER, V.S. (2016) New biogeographic data and DNA barcodes for the Indian swellshark, Cephaloscyllium silasi (Talwar, 1974) (Elasmobranchii: Carcharhiniformes: Scyliorhinidae), from Andaman waters.Acta Ichthyologica Et Piscatoria, 46 (2): 131–135  http://dx.doi.org/10.3750/AIP2016.46.2.10
LASSOUED, I. & MORA, L. & BARKIA, A. & ARISTOY, M.C. & NASRI, M. & TOLDRA, F. (2016) Angiotensin I-converting enzyme inhibitory peptides FQPSF and LKYPI identified in Bacillus subtilis A26 hydrolysate of thornback ray muscle. International Journal of Food Science and Technology, 51 (7): 1604-1609  http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ijfs.13130
LAST, P.R. & BOGORODSKY, S.V. & ALPERMANN, T.J. (2016) Maculabatis ambigua sp. nov., a new whipray (Myliobatiformes: Dasyatidae) from the Western Indian Ocean. Zootaxa, 4154 (1): 66–78   http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4154.1.4
LAST, P.R. & HENDERSON, A.C. & NAYLOR, G.J.P. (2016) Acroteriobatus omanensis (Batoidea: Rhinobatidae), a new guitarfish from the Gulf of Oman. Zootaxa, 4144 (2): 276–286  http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4144.2.9
LAST, P.R. & SÉRET, B. (2016) A new Eastern Central Atlantic skate Raja parva sp. nov. (Rajoidei: Rajidae) belonging to the Raja miraletus species complex. Zootaxa, 4147 (4): 477–489  http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4147.4.8
LAST, P.R. & WHITE, W.T. & KYNE, P.M. (2016) Urogymnus acanthobothrium sp. nov., a new euryhaline whipray (Myliobatiformes: Dasyatidae) from Australia and Papua New Guinea. Zootaxa, 4147 (2): 162–176  http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4147.2.4
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Extinct Chondrichthyes:
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CARRILLO-BRICEÑO, J.D. & AGUILERA, O.A. & DE GRACIA, C. & AGUIRRE-FERNÁNDEZ, G. & KINDLIMANN, R. & SÁNCHEZ-VILLAGRA, M.R.  (2016) An Early Neogene Elasmobranch fauna from the southern Caribbean (Western Venezuela).Palaeontologia Electronica 19.2.27A: 1-32
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MEARS, E.M. & ROSSI, V. & MACDONALD, E. & COLEMAN, G. & DAVIES, T.G. & ARIAS-RIESGO, C. & HILDEBRANDT, C. & THIEL, H. & DUFFIN, C.J. & WHITESIDE, D.I. & BENTON, M.J.  (2016) The Rhaetian (Late Triassic) vertebrates of Hampstead Farm Quarry, Gloucestershire, UK. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association, 127 (4): 478–505 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pgeola.2016.05.003
Ó GOGÁIN, A. & FALCON-LANG, H.J. & CARPENTER, D.K. & MILLER, R.F. & BENTON, M.J. & PUFAHL, P.K. & RUTA, M. & DAVIES, T.G. & HINDS, S.J. & STIMSON, M.R.  (2016) Fish and tetrapod communities across a marine to brackish salinity gradient in the Pennsylvanian (early Moscovian) Minto Formation of New Brunswick, Canada, and their palaeoecological and palaeogeographical implications. Palaeontology, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.5061/dryad.nc3f2
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SRDIC, A. & DUFFIN, C.J. & MARTILL, D.M.  (2016) First occurrence of the orectolobiform shark Akaimia in the Oxford Clay Formation (Jurassic, Callovian) of England. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association, 127: 506–513  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pgeola.2016.07.002


GRACAN, R. & CULINOVIC, M. & MLADINEO, I. & LACKOVIC, G. & LAZAR, B.  (2016)Trophic ecology shapes gastrointestinal helminth communities of two sympatric mesopredatory sharks in the Adriatic Sea. Journal of Zoology, 299 (3): 172-182 http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jzo.12336



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