NEWSLETTER 10/2016 31.10.2016

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Cool old image of the head of a Angular roughshark (Oxynotus centrina (LINNAEUS, 1758)) labeled as Centrina (Latin) or pesce porco. The image is more than 450 years old! The author, Hippolito Salviani (1514–1572) was an Italian physician, scholar and naturalist, noted for his Renaissance book Aquatilium animalium historiae, depicting hundreds of Mediterranean fish, some from Illyria, and a few mollusks.
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The second image is Oxynotus centrina (LINNAEUS, 1758), Gulf of Valencia, 2014, immature male, 51 cm TL © L'Elasmogrup


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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:

Systematics and Paleobiogeographic Patterns
1 - 7 August 2017
Mahasarakham, THAILAND

The Palaeontological Research and Education Centre in cooperation with the Faculty of Science of Mahasarakham University (Thailand), the University Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (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.

Registration should be open November 3rd.


Newly described species/Taxonomic News:


WHITE, W.T. & LAST, P.R. & NAYLOR, G.J.P. (2016) Rhinobatos manai sp. nov., a new species of guitarfish (Rhinopristiformes: Rhinobatidae) from New Ireland, Papua New Guinea. Zootaxa, 4175 (6): 588-600 http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4175.6.6
New species: Rhinobatos manai sp. nov
Abstract: A new species of guitarfish (Rhinobatos) is described based on a single specimen collected in 2014 from off New Ireland in Papua New Guinea. This specimen represents the first record of the family Rhinobatidae in Papua New Guinean waters. Based on molecular data, the new species appears to be most similar to Rhinobatos whitei (Philippines) andRhinobatos sainsburyi (northern Australia), but is distinguished based on its coloration, morphology and certain meristic characters.

DE CARVALHO, M.R. & LOBODA, T.S. & DA SILVA, J.P.C.B. (2016): A new subfamily, Styracurinae, and new genus, Styracura, for Himantura schmardae (Werner, 1904) andHimantura pacifica (Beebe & Tee-Van, 1941) (Chondrichthyes: Myliobatiformes). Zootaxa, 4175 (3): 201–221
New genus: Styracura
Abstract: A new subfamily (Styracurinae, subfam. nov.) and genus (Styracura, gen. nov.) are erected for Trygon schmardae Werner, 1904 (type species) and Dasyatis pacificus Beebe & Tee-Van, 1941, species placed in Himantura Müller & Henle, 1837 since 1953 but which differ significantly from it and all dasyatid genera in many morphological features. Recent molecular phylogenetic hypotheses based on the entire protein-coding mitochondrial genome have recovered Styracura as the sister group of the Neotropical freshwater stingrays (Potamotrygonidae), agreeing with previous morphological and molecular phylogenies. The Styracurinae, subfam. nov., is therefore placed in the Potamotrygonidae to reflect the current phylogenetic view. Morphological characters of phylogenetic relevance of the dermal denticles, ventral lateral-line canals, hyoid arch, cranial musculature, and pectoral and pelvic girdles are discussed and compared to other stingrays, in particular to dasyatids and potamotrygonins (now ranked as a subfamily). Inferred derived characters ofStyracura and potamotrygonins require homoplasy (they are absent from Paratrygon andHeliotrygon), and ventral lateral-line canal patterns and morphology of the scapular process and pelvic girdle generally reveal an affinity to different dasyatid genera, but one most likely based on plesiomorphies or independent evolution; Styracura is considered more closely related to potamotrygonins.


VAUGHAN, D.B. & CHISHOLM, L.A. & HANSEN, H. (2016): Electrocotyle whittingtoni n. gen., n. sp (Monogenea: Monocotylidae: Heterocotylinae) from the gills of a captive onefin electric ray, Narke capensis (Narkidae) at Two Oceans Aquarium, Cape Town, South Africa.Parasitology Research, 115 (9): 3575-3584
New species: Electrocotyle whittingtoni
New genus: Electrocotyle
Abstract: Electrocotyle whittingtoni n. gen., n. sp. (Monogenea: Monocotylidae) is described from the gills of a captive female onefin electric ray, Narke capensis, collected for exhibition at Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, South Africa. Electrocotyle n. gen. is most similar to the heterocotyline generaHeterocotyle and Potamotrygonocotyle but could not be accommodated easily in either of these groups. The new genus is characterised by a haptor with one central and eight peripheral loculi, four unsclerotised structures on the dorsal surface of the haptor, a single unsclerotised non-sinous ridge on the ventral surface of the haptoral septa, large hamuli with a long handle and reduced guard, a vagina with sclerotised walls, and tetrahedral eggs. Molecular phylogenetic analyses based on 28S sequences strongly support the separate genus status of Electrocotyle n. gen and thus support our morphological conclusion. The Heterocotylinae is amended to accommodate the new genus, and the new species is fully described and illustrated herein. This is the first record of a monocotylid from the Narkidae. Electrocotyle whittingtoni n. gen. n. sp. is considered potentially pathogenic given its negative impact on the health of its captive host kept in the quarantine facility at Two Oceans Aquarium.

SHIMADA, K. & CHANDLER, R.E. & LAM, O.L.T. & TANAKA, T. & WARD, D.J. (2016)
A new elusive otodontid shark (Lamniformes: Otodontidae) from the lower Miocene, and comments on the taxonomy of otodontid genera, including the ‘megatoothed’ clade. Historical Biology, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08912963.2016.1236795
New genus: Megalolamna
New Species: Megalolamna paradoxodon
Abstract: We describe a new large otodontid lamniform shark, Megalolamna paradoxodon gen. nov. et sp. nov., chronostratigraphically restricted to the early Miocene (Aquitanian–Burdigalian). This new species is based on isolated teeth found from five globally distributed localities: the Jewett Sand in southern California, USA; the Pungo River Formation of North Carolina, USA; the Chilcatay Formation of Peru; the Oi Formation in Mie Prefecture, Japan; and the O’oshimojo Formation in Nagano Prefecture, Japan. Extrapolations based on available published data on modern macrophagous lamniforms suggest that the largest specimen of M. paradoxodon gen. nov. et sp. nov. possibly came from an individual that measured at least 3.7 m in total length. All specimens came from deposits in the mid-latitudinal zones representing shallow-water, shelf-type, coastal environments. Its dentition likely exhibited monognathic heterodonty suited for capturing and cutting relatively large prey (e.g. medium-sized fishes). We recommend the genus Otodus to include sharks of the ‘megatoothed’ (e.g. megalodon) lineage in order to avoid Otodus paraphyly. We also propose the following phylogenetic hypothesis: [Kenolamna + [Cretalamna + [Megalolamna + Otodus]]].


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Latest Research Articles

Extant Chondrichthyes:

ACEBES, J.M.V. & TULL, M. (2016) The History and Characteristics of the Mobulid Ray Fishery in the Bohol Sea, Philippines. PLoS ONE, 11 (8): e0161444http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0161444
AKHILESH, K.V. & WHITE, W.T. & BINEESH, K.K. & PURUSHOTTAMA, G.B. & SINGH, V.V. & ZACHARIA, P.U. (2016) Redescription of the rare and endangered Broadfin Shark Lamiopsis temminckii (Müller & Henle, 1839) (Carcharhiniformes:Carcharhinidae) from the northeastern Arabian Sea. Zootaxa, 4175 (2): 155–166http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4175.2.4
ARI, C. & LAROS, K. & BALCOMBE, J. & DAGOSTINO, D.P. (2016) Understanding the behavior of manta rays: answer to a critique. Journal of Ethology, in presshttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10164-016-0497-1
ARTHINGTON, A.H. & DULVY, N.K. & GLADSTONE, W. & WINFIELD, I.J. (2016) Fish conservation in freshwater and marine realms: status, threats and management. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 26: 838–857http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/aqc.2712
BARBINI, S.A. & LUCIFORA, L.O. (2016) Diet composition and feeding habits of the eyespot skate, Atlantoraja cyclophora (Elasmobranchii: Arhynchobatidae), off Uruguay and northern Argentina. Neotropical Ichthyology, 14 (3): e160032 http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/1982-0224-20160032
BERNARD, A.M. & FELDHEIM, K.A. & HEITHAUS, M.R. & WINTNER, S.P. & WETHERBEE, B.M. & SHIVJI, M.S (2016) Global Population Genetic Dynamics of a Highly Migratory, Apex Predator Shark. Molecular Ecology, in presshttp://dx.doi.org/10.1111/mec.1384
BORSA, P. & BÉAREZ, P. (2016) Notes on the origin of Müller and Henle’s illustration and type material of the blue-spotted maskray Neotrygon kuhlii (Myliobatoidei: Dasyatidae).Cybium, 40 (3): 255-258 http://dx.doi.org/
BORSA, P. & SHEN, K.-N. & ARLYZA, I.S. & HOAREAU, T.B. (2016) Multiple cryptic species in the blue-spotted maskray (Myliobatoidei: Dasyatidae: Neotrygon spp.): An update. Comptes Rendus Biologies, 339 (9–10): 417–426http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.crvi.2016.07.004
BRILL, R.W. & LAI, N.C. (2016) 1 – Elasmobranch Cardiovascular System. Fish Physiology, 34, Part B: 1–82 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-801286-4.00001-0
BURGESS, K.B. & BENNETT, M.B. (2016) Effects of ethanol storage and lipid and urea extraction on δ(15) N and δ(13) C isotope ratios in a benthic elasmobranch, the bluespotted maskray Neotrygon kuhlii. Journal of Fish Biology, in presshttp://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jfb.13164
CHI, C.F. & HU, F.Y. & LI, Z.R. & WANG, B. & LUO, H.Y. (2016) Influence of Different Hydrolysis Processes by Trypsin on the Physicochemical, Antioxidant, and Functional Properties of Collagen Hydrolysates from Sphyrna lewini, Dasyatis akjei, and Raja porosa.Journal of Aquatic Food Product Technology, 25 (5): 616-632http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10498850.2014.898004
CLERKIN, P.J. & EBERT, D.A. (2016) First southeastern Atlantic record of the false catshark, Pseudotriakis microdon (Carcharhiniformes: Pseudotriakidae). Marine Biodiversity, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12526-016-0594-y
CORSOLINI, S. & POZO, K. & CHRISTIANSEN, J.S. (2016) Legacy and emergent POPs in the marine fauna of NE Greenland with special emphasis on the Greenland shark Somniosus microcephalus. Rendiconti Lincei. Scienze Fisiche E Naturali, 27: 201-206http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12210-016-0541-7
COSTANTINI, D. & SMITH, S. & KILLEN, S.S. & NIELSEN, J. & STEFFENSEN, J.F.(2016) The Greenland shark: A new challenge for the oxidative stress theory of ageing?Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Part A, 203: 227–232http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cbpa.2016.09.026
COX, G.K. & BRILL, R.W. & BONARO, K.A. & FARRELL, A.P. (2016) Determinants of coronary blood flow in sandbar sharks, Carcharhinus plumbeus.  Journal of Comparative Physiology B, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00360-016-1033-x
DA SILVA, M.I. & DE OLIVEIRA, M.I. & DA COSTA, O.T. & DUNCAN, W.P. (2016)Morphology and morphometry of the ovaries and uteri of the Amazonian freshwater stingrays (Potamotrygonidae: Elasmobranchii). The Anatomical Record, in presshttp://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ar.23501
DE CARVALHO, M.R. & LOBODA, T.S. & DA SILVA, J.P.C.B. (2016) A new subfamily, Styracurinae, and new genus, Styracura, for Himantura schmardae (Werner, 1904) and Himantura pacifica (Beebe & Tee-Van, 1941) (Chondrichthyes: Myliobatiformes). Zootaxa, 4175 (3): 201–221 http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4175.3.1
DEL MORAL FLORES, L.F. & MORRONE, J.J. & ALCOCER, J. & PÉREZ-PONCE DE LEÓN, G. (2016) Diversity and biogeographic affinities of sharks, rays and chimaeras (Chondrichthyes: Elasmobranchii, Holocephali) of Mexico. Revista de Biología Tropical, 64 (4):  http://dx.doi.org/10.15517/rbt.v64i4.22774
DELSER, P.M. & CORRIGAN, S. & HALE, M. & LI, C. & VEUILLE, M. & PLANES, S. & NAYLOR, G.J.P. & MONA, S. (2016) Population genomics of C. melanopterus using target gene capture data: demographic inferences and conservation perspectives. Scientific Reports, 6: 33753  http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep33753
EMAMI-KHOYI, A. & HARTLEY, D.A. & PATERSON, A.M. & BOREN, L.J. & CRUICKSHANK, R.H. & ROSS, J.G. & MURPHY, E.C. & ELSE, T.A. (2016) Identifying prey items from New Zealand fur seal (Arctocephalus forsteri) faeces using massive parallel sequencing. Conservation Genetics Resources, 8 (3): 343-352http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12686-016-0560-9
FEITOSA, L.M. & MARTINS, A.P.B. & NUNES, J.L.S.  (2016) New record of Carcharhinus leucas (Valenciennes, 1839) in an equatorial river system. Marine Biodiversity Records, 9: 87 http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s41200-016-0094-6
GREENWAY, E. & JONES, K.S. & COOKE, G.M. (2016) Environmental enrichment in captive juvenile thornback rays, Raja clavata (Linnaeus 1758). Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 182: 86-93 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.applanim.2016.06.008
HAMASAKI, S. & MUKUDA, T. & KAIDOH, T. & YOSHIDA, M. & UEMATSU, K. (2016)Impact of dehydration on the forebrain preoptic recess walls in the mudskipper, Periophthalmus modestus: a possible locus for the center of thirst. Journal of Comparative Physiology B - Biochemical Systemic and Environmental Physiology, 186 (7): 891-905http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00360-016-1005-1
HAULSEE, D.E. & FOX, D.A. & BREECE, M.W. & BROWN, L.M. & KNEEBONE, J. & SKOMAL, G.B. & OLIVER, M.J. (2016) Social Network Analysis Reveals Potential Fission-Fusion Behavior in a Shark. Scientific Reports, 6: 34087 http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep34087
HIRAOKA, Y. & KANAIWA, M. & OHSHIMO, S. & TAKAHASHI, N. & KAI, M. & YOKAWA, K. (2016) Relative abundance trend of the blue shark Prionace glauca based on Japanese distant-water and offshore longliner activity in the North Pacific. Fisheries Science, 82 (5): 687-699 http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12562-016-1007-7
JONES, C.M. & HOFFMAYER, E.R. & GROPP, R.P. (2016) First record of a leucistic Narcine bancrofti (Elasmobranchii, Narcinidae) from the northern Gulf of Mexico. Cybium, 40 (3): 249-251 http://dx.doi.org/
KLIPPEL, S. & AMARAL, S. & VINHAS, L. (2016) Development and evaluation of species distribution models for five endangered elasmobranchs in southwestern Atlantic.Hydrobiologia, 779 (1): 11-33 http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10750-016-2796-5
LA MESA, G. & ANNUNZIATELLIS, A. & FILIDEI, E. & FORTUNA, C.M. (2016) Bycatch of Myliobatid Rays in the Central Mediterranean Sea: the Influence of Spatiotemporal, Environmental, and Operational Factors as Determined by Generalized Additive Modeling.Marine and Coastal Fisheries, 8 (1): 382-394http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19425120.2016.1167795
LARSEN, J. & BUSHNELL, P. & STEFFENSEN, J. & PEDERSEN, M. & QVORTRUP, K. & BRILL, R.W. (2016) Characterization of the functional and anatomical differences in the atrial and ventricular myocardium from three species of elasmobranch fishes: smooth dogfish (Mustelus canis), sandbar shark (Carcharhinus plumbeus), and clearnose skate (Raja eglanteria). Journal of Comparative Physiology B, in presshttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00360-016-1034-9
LI, Y.K. & ZHANG, Y.Y. & DAI, X.J. (2016) Trophic interactions among pelagic sharks and large predatory teleosts in the northeast central Pacific. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 483: 97-103 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jembe.2016.04.013
LYNCH, S.D. & MARCEK, B.J. & MARSHALL, H.M. & BUSHNELL, P.G. & BERNAL, D. & BRILL, R.W. (2016) The effects of pop-up satellite archival tags (PSATs) on the metabolic rate and swimming kinematics of juvenile sandbar shark Carcharhinus plumbeus. Fisheries Research, 186 (1): 205–215 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fishres.2016.08.013
MACENA, B.C.L. & HAZIN, F.H.V. (2016) Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus) Seasonal Occurrence, Abundance and Demographic Structure in the Mid-Equatorial Atlantic Ocean.PLoS ONE, 11 (10): e0164440 http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0164440
MCCLENACHAN, L. & COOPER, A.B. & DULVY, N.K. (2016) Rethinking Trade-Driven Extinction Risk in Marine and Terrestrial Megafauna. Current Biology, in presshttp://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2016.05.026
MCMILLAN, M.N. & IZZO, C. & JUNGE, C. & ALBERT, O.T. & JUNG, A. & GILLANDERS, B.M. (2016) Analysis of vertebral chemistry to assess stock structure in a deep-sea shark, Etmopterus spinax. ICES Journal of Marine Science, in presshttp://dx.doi.org/10.1093/icesjms/fsw176
MEYER, L. & CAPPER, A. & CARTER, S. & SIMPFENDORFER, C. (2016) An investigation into ciguatoxin bioaccumulation in sharks. Toxicon, 119: 234-243http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.toxicon.2016.06.007
NAU, M.R. & GARDINER, D.W. & NILSON, E. & SCHMITT, T.L. & NOLLENS, H.H. & LEGER, J.S. (2016) Cutaneous malignant melanoma in a Haller‘s round ray Urobatis halleri.Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, 120 (3): 245-250 http://dx.doi.org/10.3354/dao03029
NORMAN, B.M. & MORGAN, D.L. (2016) The return of “Stumpy” the whale shark: two decades and counting. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 14 (8): 449–450http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/fee.1418
O‘BRYHIM, J.R. & PARSONS, E.C.M. & GILMORE, M.P. & LANCE, S.L. (2016)Evaluating support for shark conservation among artisanal fishing communities in Costa Rica. Marine Policy, 71: 1-9 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2016.05.005
ÖZCAN, E.I. & BAŞUSTA, N. (2016) On the occurence of juveniles and egg capsules of Scyliorhinus canicula from the North-eastern Mediterranean Sea. Ecolojical Life Sciences,  11 (4): 28-32 http://dx.doi.org/10.12739/NWSA.2016.11.4.5A0080
PAN, X. & ZHAO, Y.Q. & HU, F.Y. & CHI, C.F. & WANG, B. (2016) Anticancer Activity of a Hexapeptide from Skate (Raja porosa) Cartilage Protein Hydrolysate in HeLa Cells. Marine Drugs, 14 (8): 153 http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/md14080153
PAN, X. & ZHAO, Y.Q. & HU, F.Y. & WANG, B. (2016) Preparation and identification of antioxidant peptides from protein hydrolysate of skate (Raja porosa) cartilage. Journal of Functional Foods, 25: 220-230 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jff.2016.06.008
PONTE, D. & BARCELOS, L.M.D. & SANTOS, C. & MEDEIROS, J. & BARREIROS, J.P.(2016) Diet of Dasyatis pastinaca and Myliobatis aquila (Myliobatiformes) from the Azores, NE Atlantic. Cybium, 40 (3): 209-214 http://dx.doi.org/
PORTER, M.E. & EWOLDT, R.H. & LONG, J.H. (2016) Automatic control: the vertebral column of dogfish sharks behaves as a continuously variable transmission with smoothly shifting functions. Journal of Experimental Biology, 219: 2908-2919http://dx.doi.org/10.1242/jeb.135251
PORTNOY, D.S. & HOLLENBECK, C.M. & BETHEA, D.M. & FRAZIER, B.S. & GELSLEICHTER, J. & GOLD, J.R. (2016) Population structure, gene flow, and historical demography of a small coastal shark (Carcharhinus isodon) in US waters of the Western Atlantic Ocean. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 73 (9): 2322-2332http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/icesjms/fsw098
POULAKIS, G.R. & STEVENS, P.W. & TIMMERS, A.A. & STAFFORD, C.J. & CHAPMAN, D.D. & FELDHEIM, K.A. & HEUPEL, M.R. & CURTIS, C. (2016) Long-term site fidelity of endangered smalltooth sawfish (Pristis pectinata) from different mothers.Fishery Bulletin, 114 (4): 461-475 http://dx.doi.org/
REICHERT, A.N. & LUNDSTEN, L. & EBERT, D.A. (2016) First North Pacific records of the pointy nosed blue chimaera, Hydrolagus cf. trolli (Chondrichthyes: Chimaeriformes: Chimaeridae). Marine Biodiversity Records, 9: 90 http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s41200-016-0095-5
RITTER, E.K. & AMIN, R.W. (2016) Mouth Cleaning of Lemon Sharks, Negaprion brevirostris, by Sharksuckers, Echeneis naucrates. Copeia, 104 (3): 728-733http://dx.doi.org/10.1643/CE-16-431
RUNCIE, R. & HOLTS, D. & WRAITH, J. & XU, Y. & RAMON, D. & RASMUSSEN, R. & KOHIN, S. (2016) A fishery-independent survey of juvenile shortfin mako (Isurus oxyrinchus) and blue (Prionace glauca) sharks in the Southern California Bight, 1994-2013.Fisheries Research, 183: 233-243 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fishres.2016.06.010
SAADAOUI, A. & SAIDI, B. & ELGLID, A. & SÉRET, B. & BRADAI, M.N. (2016)Taxonomic observations on stingrays of the genus Dasyatis (Chondrichthyes: Dasyatidae) in the Gulf of Gabès (Southeastern Mediterranean Sea). Zootaxa, 4173 (2): 101-113http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4173.2.1
SANS-COMA, V. & RODRÍGUEZ, C. & LÓPEZ-UNZU, M.A. & LORENZALE, M. & FERNÁNDEZ, B. & VIDA, L. & DURÁN, A.C. (2016) Dicephalous v. diprosopus sharks: record of a two-headed embryo of Galeus atlanticus and review of the literature. Journal of Fish Biology, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jfb.13175
SATO, K. & NAKAMURA, M. & TOMITA, T. & TODA, M. & MIYAMOTO, K. & NOZU, R.(2016) How great white sharks nourish their embryos to a large size: evidence of lipid histotrophy in lamnoid shark reproduction. Biology Open, 5: 1211-1215http://dx.doi.org/10.1242/bio.017939
SEARS, W.T. & SIKKEL, P.C. (2016) Field observation of predation on an adult Caribbean purplemouth moray eel by a nurse shark. Coral Reefs, 35 (3): 971-971http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00338-016-1445-9
STEHMANN, M.F.W. & VAN OIJEN, M. & KAMMINGA, P. (2016) Re-description of the rare taillight shark Euprotomicroides zantedeschia (Squaliformes, Dalatiidae), based on third and fourth record from off Chile Cybium, 40 (3): 187-197 http://dx.doi.org/
STEWART, J.D. & BEALE, C.S. & FERNANDO, D. & SIANIPAR, A.B. & BURTON, R.S. & SEMMENS, B.X. & ABURTO-OROPEZA, O. (2016) Spatial ecology and conservation of Manta birostris in the Indo-Pacific. Biological Conservation, 200: 178-183http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2016.05.016
STEWART, J.D. & STEVENS, G.M.W. & MARSHALL, G.J. & ABERNATHY, K. (2016) Are mantas self aware or simply social? A response to Ari and D’Agostino 2016. Journal of Ethology, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10164-016-0491-7
TSOI, K.H. & CHAN, S.Y. & LEE, Y.C. & IP, B.H. & CHEANG, C.C. (2016) Shark Conservation: An Educational Approach Based on Children‘s Knowledge and Perceptions toward Sharks. PLoS ONE, 11 (9): e0163406 http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0163406
WHITE, W.T. & LAST, P.R. & NAYLOR, G.J.P. (2016) Rhinobatos manai sp. nov., a new species of guitarfish (Rhinopristiformes: Rhinobatidae) from New Ireland, Papua New Guinea. Zootaxa, 4175 (6): 588-600 http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4175.6.6
WHITNEY, N.M. & WHITE, C.F. & GLEISS, A.C. & SCHWIETERMAN, G.D. & ANDERSON, P. & HUETER, R.E. & SKOMAL, G.B. (2016) A novel method for determining post-release mortality, behavior, and recovery period using acceleration data loggers.Fisheries Research, 183: 210-221 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fishres.2016.06.003
YANG, L.R. & GE, Y.H. & CHENG, D.D. & NIE, Z.M. & LV, Z.B. (2016) Detection of piRNAs in whitespotted bamboo shark liver. Gene, 590 (1): 51-56http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gene.2016.06.008
YU, H.Y. & ZHANG, H.C. & GUO, Y.Y. & TAN, H.P. & LI, Y. & XIE, G.N. (2016)Thermodynamic analysis of shark skin texture surfaces for microchannel flow. Continuum Mechanics and Thermodynamics, 28 (5): 1361-1371 http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00161-015-0479-5

Extinct Chondrichthyes:

FISCHER, J. & BUCHWITZ, M. & TROSTHEIDE, F. (2016) An Early Carboniferous chondrichthyan assemblage from the limestone quarry of Bad Grund (Harz Mountains, Germany). Abstract. In: Programme and Abstracts, 87th Annual Conference of the Palaontologische Gesellschaft e.V., Dresden 2016: 57 http://dx.doi.org/
GINTER, M. (2016) The heterodonty in euselachian sharks from the Pennsylvanian of Nebraska. Acta Geologica Polonica, 66 (3): 299–312 http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/agp-2016-0015
KOGAN, I. & FISCHER, J. & LICHT, M. & REISS, S. & POPOV, E. (2016) Late Cretaceous fossil fishes of the Elbtal Group (Saxony, Germany). Abstract. In: Programme and Abstracts, 87th Annual Conference of the Palaontologische Gesellschaft e.V., Dresden 2016: 82-83 http://dx.doi.org/
DE RENZI, M. & MANZANARES, E. & MARIN-MONFORT, M.D. & BOTELLA, H. (2016)Comments on “Dental lessons from past to present: ultrastructure and composition of teeth from plesiosaurs, dinosaurs, extinct and recent sharks” by A. Lubke, J. Enax, K. Loza, O. Prymak, P. Gaengler, H.-O. Fabritius, D. Raabe and M. Epple, RSC Adv., 2015, 5, 61612.Royal Society of Chemistry Advances, 6 (78): 74384-74388http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c6ra16316e
MAXWELL, E.E. & ALEXANDER, S. & BECHLY, G. & ECK, K. & FREY, E. & GRIMM, K. & KOVAR-EDER, J. & MAYR, G. & MICKLICH, N. & RASSER, M. & ROTH-NEBELSICK, A. & SALVADOR, R.B. & SCHOCH, R.R. & SCHWEIGERT, G. & STINNESBECK, W. & WOLF-SCHWENNINGER, K. & ZIEGLER, R. (2016) The Rauenberg fossil Lagerstätte (Baden-Württemberg, Germany): A window into early Oligocene marine and coastal ecosystems of Central Europe. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 463: 238–260http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2016.10.002
SCHOCH, R.R. & SEEGIS, D. (2016) A Middle Triassic palaeontological gold mine: The vertebrate deposits of Vellberg (Germany). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 459: 249-267 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2016.07.002
SHIMADA, K. & CHANDLER, R.E. & LAM, O.L.T. & TANAKA, T. & WARD, D.J. (2016) A new elusive otodontid shark (Lamniformes: Otodontidae) from the lower Miocene, and comments on the taxonomy of otodontid genera, including the ‘megatoothed’ clade. Historical Biology, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08912963.2016.1236795

BASUSTA, N. & DE MEO, I. & MIGLIETTA, C. & MUTLU, E. & OLGUNER, M.T. & SAHIN, A. & BALABAN, C. & DEVAL, M.C. & USAKHYURTSEVEN, U. & PATANIA, A.(2016) Some marine leeches and first record of Branchellion torpedinis Savigny, 1822 (Annelida, Hirudinea, Piscicolidae) from elasmobranchs in Turkish waters, with new host records. Marine Biodiversity, 46 (3): 713-716 http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12526-015-0411-z
VAUGHAN, D.B. & CHISHOLM, L.A. & HANSEN, H. (2016) Electrocotyle whittingtoni n. gen., n. sp (Monogenea: Monocotylidae: Heterocotylinae) from the gills of a captive onefin electric ray, Narke capensis (Narkidae) at Two Oceans Aquarium, Cape Town, South Africa.Parasitology Research, 115 (9): 3575-3584 http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00436-016-5123-1




New large prehistoric shark discovered

October 3, 2016
DePaul University
Megalolamna paradoxodon is the name of a new extinct shark described by an international research team who based their discovery on fossilized teeth up to 4.5 centimeters (1.8 inches) tall found from the eastern and western United States (California and North Carolina), Peru and Japan.


Examining the social networks of sharks

October 4, 2016
University of Delaware
Researchers studied the “social networks” of sand tiger sharks and found they spend a surprising amount of time together. The findings will assist future efforts to identify places where human impacts may be affecting one portion of the sand tiger life cycle disproportionately.

Great white sharks and tuna share genetics that makes them super predators

September 28, 2016
Imperial College London
Despite evolving separately for 400 million years, some sharks and tuna share genetic traits linked to higher metabolism and quick swimming behavior.

A baby shark with twice the bite.