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Alopias pelagicus NAKAMURA, 1935 new!

Alopias superciliosus (LOWE, 1841) new!

Alopias vulpinus (BONNATERRE, 1788) new!

Echinorhinus brucus (BONNATERRE, 1788) new images!

Echinorhinus cookei PIETSCHMANN, 1928 new images!

Rhizoprionodon lalandii (MÜLLER & HENLE, 1839) new images!

Rhizoprionodon longurio (JORDAN & GILBERT, 1882) new images!

Rhizoprionodon porosus (POEY, 1861) new images!

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Austin, Texas, USA; July 12-16, 2017

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.

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Indo-Pacific Fish Conference
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Etmopterus lailae sp. nov., a new lanternshark (Squaliformes: Etmopteridae) from the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Zootaxa, 4237 (2): 371–382
New species: Etmopterus lailae
Abstract: A new species of lanternshark, Etmopterus lailae (Squaliformes: Etmopteridae), is described from the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, in the central North Pacific Ocean. The new species resembles other members of the “Etmopterus lucifer” clade in having linear rows of dermal denticles, and most closely resembles E. lucifer from Japan. The new species occurs along insular slopes around seamounts at depths between 314–384 m. It can be distinguished from other members of the E. lucifer clade by a combination of characteristics, including a longer anterior flank marking branch, arrangement of dermal denticles on the ventral snout surface and body, flank and caudal markings, and meristic counts including number of spiral valve turns, and precaudal vertebrate. A key to species of the Etmopterus lucifer-clade is included.


DALLARES, S. & CARRASSON, M. & SCHAEFFNER, B.C. (2017): Revision of the family Sphyriocephalidae Pintner, 1913 (Cestoda: Trypanorhyncha), with the description of Heterosphyriocephalus encarnae n. sp and redescriptions of two species of Sphyriocephalus. Parasitology International, 66 (1): 843–862
New species: Heterosphyriocephalus encarnae
Abstract: The family Sphyriocephalidae Pintner, 1913, which comprises the genera Hepatoxylon Bosc, 1811, Sphyriocephalus Pintner, 1913 and Heterosphyriocephalus Palm, 2004, is revised from newly-collected and museum material. Heterosphyriocephalus encarnae n. sp. is described from the pelagic thresher, Alopias pelagicus Nakamura (Lamniformes: Alopiidae) collected from the Pacific Ocean off Boca del Alamo, Mexico. This species can be readily distinguished from the rest of sphyriocephalids by its small size, low number of proglottids and long velum with a characteristically irregular and folded border, among other features. The tentacles show a distinctive basal armature, and a heteroacanthous typical metabasal armature with heteromorphous hooks. Redescriptions are provided for Sphyriocephalus tergestinus Pintner, 1913 and S. viridis (Wagener, 1854) Pintner 1913 based on novel morphological data. A phylogenetic analysis including the available sequences of sphyriocephalid species plus new generated sequences of S. tergestinus has been performed, from which S. tergestinus is allocated into Heterosphyriocephalus as H. tergestinus n. comb. New dichotomous keys for the determination of genera of Sphyriocephalidae are provided, as well as new generic diagnoses for Sphyriocephalus and Heterosphyriocephalus and keys for the determination of species within both genera. Although the morphology of the genus Hepatoxylon is not addressed in the present study, the available sequence of the type-species has been incorporated in the phylogenetic analysis and its relationship to the other two genera of the family is discussed.


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Latest Research Articles

Extant Chondrichthyes:

ALOMAR, C. & DEUDERO, S.  (2017):  Evidence of microplastic ingestion in the shark Galeus melastomus Rafinesque, 1810 in the continental shelf off the western Mediterranean Sea. Environmental Pollution, in press   http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2017.01.015
AMORIM, A.F. & ARFELLI, C.A. & BORNATOWSKI, H. & HUSSEY, N.E.  (2017):  Rare giants? A large female great white shark caught in Brazilian waters. Marine Biodiversity, in press   http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12526-017-0656-9
ANAYA-LÓPEZ, P. & RAMÍREZ-PINILLA, M.P.  (2017):  Clasper gland morphology and development in Potamotrygon magdalenae (Elasmobranchii: Potamotrygonidae). Journal of Morphology, in press   http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jmor.20647
BARLEY, S.C. & MEEKAN, M.G. & MEEUWIG, J.J.   (2017):  Species diversity, abundance, biomass, size and trophic structure of fish on coral reefs in relation to shark abundance. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 565: 163–179   http://dx.doi.org/10.3354/meps11981
BOUYOUCOS, I.A. & MONTGOMERY, D.W. & BROWNSCOMBE, J.W. & COOKE, S.J. & SUSKI, C.D. & MANDELMAN, J.W. & BROOKS, E.J.  (2017):  Swimming speeds and metabolic rates of semi-captive juvenile lemon sharks (Negaprion brevirostris, Poey) estimated with acceleration biologgers. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 486: 245–254   http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jembe.2016.10.019
BRADLEY, D. & CONKLIN, E. & PAPASTAMATIOU, Y.P. & MCCAULEY, D.J. & POLLOCK, K. & POLLOCK, A. & KENDALL, B.E. & GAINES, S.D. & CASELLE, J.E.  (2017):  Resetting predator baselines in coral reef ecosystems. Scientific Reports, 7: 43131   http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep43131
BRADNEY, D.R. & DAVIDSON, A. & EVANS, S.P. & WUERINGER, B.E. & MORGAN, D.L. & CLAUSEN, P.D.   (2017):  Sawfishes stealth revealed using computational fluid dynamics. Journal of Fish Biology, in press   http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jfb.13255
CARLISLE, A.B. & LITVIN, S.Y. & MADIGAN, D.J. & LYONS, K. & BIGMAN, J.S. & IBARRA, M. & BIZZARRO, J.J.  (2017):  Interactive effects of urea and lipid content confound stable isotope analysis in elasmobranch fishes. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 74 (3): 419–428   http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjfas-2015-0584
COUTO, A. & QUEIROZ, N. & RELVAS, P. & BAPTISTA, M. & FURTADO, M. & CASTRO, J. & NUNES, M. & MORIKAWA, H. & ROSA, R.  (2017):  Occurrence of basking shark Cetorhinus maximus in southern Portuguese waters: a two-decade survey. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 564: 77–86   http://dx.doi.org/10.3354/meps12007
CRISWELL, K.E. & COATES, M.I. & GILLIS, J.A.  (2017):  Embryonic development of the axial column in the little skate, Leucoraja erinacea. Journal of Morphology, in press   http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jmor.20637
DAPP, D.R. & HUVENEERS, C. & WALKER, T.I. & MANDELMAN, J. & KERSTETTER, D.W. & REINA, R.D.  (2017):  Using logbook data to determine the immediate mortality of blue sharks (Prionace glauca) and tiger sharks (Galeocerdo cuvier) caught in the commercial U.S. pelagic longline fishery. Fishery Bulletin, 115 (1): 27–41   http://dx.doi.org/10.7755/FB.115.1.3
DE OLIVEIRA, A.T. & SANTOS, M.Q.D. & DE ARAUJO, M.L.G. & DE LEMOS, J.R.G. & SALES, R.S.D. & ARIDE, P.H.R. & PANTOJA-LIMA, J. & TAVARES-DIAS, M. & MARCON, J.L.  (2016): Hematological parameters of three freshwater stingray species (Chondrichthyes: Potamotrygonidae) in the middle Rio Negro, Amazonas state. Biochemical Systematics and Ecology, 69: 33–40   http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bse.2016.07.002
DELL'APA, A. & PENNINO, M.G. & BONZEK, C.  (2017):  Modeling the habitat distribution of spiny dogfish (Squalus acanthias), by sex, in coastal waters of the northeastern United States. Fishery Bulletin, 115 (1): 89–100   http://dx.doi.org/10.7755/FB.115.1.8
DESENDER, M. & KAJIURA, S. & AMPE, B. & DUMOLEIN, L. & POLET, H. & CHIERS, K. & DECOSTERE, A.  (2017):  Pulse trawling: Evaluating its impact on prey detection by small-spotted catshark (Scyliorhinus canicula). Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 486: 336–343   http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jembe.2016.10.026
DILLON, E.M. & O’DEA, A. & NORRIS, R.D.  (2017):  Dermal denticles as a tool to reconstruct shark communities. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 566: 117–134   http://dx.doi.org/10.3354/meps12018
DOHERTY, P.D. & BAXTER, J.M. & GELL, F.R. & GODLEY, B.J. & GRAHAM, R.T. & HALL, G. & HALL, J. & HAWKES, L.A. & HENDERSON, S.M. & JOHNSON, L. & SPEEDIE, C. & WITT, M.J.  (2017):  Long-term satellite tracking reveals variable seasonal migration strategies of basking sharks in the north-east Atlantic. Scientific Reports, 7: 42837    http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep42837
DREW, M. & ROGERS, P. & HUVENEERS, C.  (2017):  Slow life-history traits of a neritic predator, the bronze whaler (Carcharhinus brachyurus). Marine and Freshwater Research, 68 (3): 461–472   http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF15399
DRIGGERS, W.B. & CAMPBELL, M.D. & HANNAN, K.M. & HOFFMAYER, E.R. & JONES, C.M. & JONES, L.M. & POLLACK, A.G.  (2017):  Influence of bait type on catch rates of predatory fish species on bottom longline gear in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Fishery Bulletin, 115 (1): 50–59   http://dx.doi.org/10.7755/FB.115.1.5
EBERT, D.A. & PAPASTAMATIOU, Y.P. & KAJIURA, S.M. & WETHERBEE, B.M.  (2017):  Etmopterus lailae sp. nov., a new lanternshark (Squaliformes: Etmopteridae) from the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Zootaxa, 4237 (2): 371–382    http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4237.2.10
EVERY, S.L. & PETHYBRIDGE, H.R. & FULTON, C.J. & KYNE, P.M. & CROOK, D.A.  (2017):  Niche metrics suggest euryhaline and coastal elasmobranchs provide trophic connections among marine and freshwater biomes in northern Australia. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 565: 181–196   http://dx.doi.org/10.3354/meps11995
FERRANDO, S. & GALLUS, L. & GHIGLIOTTI, L. & VACCHI, M. & AMAROLI, A. & NIELSEN, J. & CHRISTIANSEN, J.S. & PISANO, E.  (2017):  Anatomy of the olfactory bulb in Greenland shark Somniosus microcephalus (Bloch & Schneider, 1801). Journal of Applied Ichthyology, in press   http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jai.13303
GILLIS, J.A. & TIDSWELL, O.R.  (2017):  The Origin of Vertebrate Gills. Current Biology, in press   http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2017.01.022
HAAS, A.R. & FEDLER, T. & BROOKS, E.J.  (2017):  The contemporary economic value of elasmobranchs in The Bahamas: Reaping the rewards of 25 years of stewardship and conservation. Biological Conservation, 207: 55–63   http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2017.01.007
HUETER, R.E. & TYMINSKI, J.P. & MORRIS, J.J. & ABIERNO, A.R. & VALDES, J.A.  (2017):  Horizontal and vertical movements of longfin makos (Isurus paucus) tracked with satellitelinked tags in the northwestern Atlantic Ocean. Fishery Bulletin, 115 (1): 101–116    http://dx.doi.org/10.7755/FB.115.1.9
HUMBER, F. & ANDRIAMAHAINO, E.T. & BERIZINY, T. & BOTOSOAMANANTO, R. & GODLEY, B.J. & GOUGH, C. & PEDRON, S. & RAMAHERY, V. & BRODERICK, A.C.  (2017):  Assessing the small-scale shark fishery of Madagascar through community-based monitoring and knowledge. Fisheries Research, 186 (1): 131–143   http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fishres.2016.08.012
KEMPER, J.M. & BIZZARRO, J.J. & EBERT, D.A.  (2017):  Dietary variability in two common Alaskan skates (Bathyraja interrupta and Raja rhina). Marine Biology, in press   http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00227-017-3078-0
LYONS, K. & ADAMS, D.H.  (2017):  First evidence of persistent organic contaminants as potential anthropogenic stressors in the Barndoor Skate Dipturus laevis. Marine Pollution Bulletin, in press   http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.01.007
MARRA, N.J. & RICHARDS, V.P. & EARLY, A. & BOGDANOWICZ, S.M. & PAVINSKI BITAR, P.D. & STANHOPE, M.J. & SHIVJI, M.S.  (2017):  Comparative transcriptomics of elasmobranchs and teleosts highlight important processes in adaptive immunity and regional endothermy. BMC Genomics, 18 (1): 87   http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12864-016-3411-x
MATULIK, A.G. & KERSTETTER, D.W. & HAMMERSCHLAG, N. & DIVOLL, T. & HAMMERSCHMIDT, C.R. & EVERS, D.C.  (2017):  Bioaccumulation and biomagnification of mercury and methylmercury in four sympatric coastal sharks in a protected subtropical lagoon. Marine Pollution Bulletin, in press   http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.01.033
NAVARRO, J. & COLL, M.  (2017):  Hábitos tróficos, papel ecológico y distribución espacial de la raya estrellada, una especie endémica del Mediterráneo. [in Spain] Quercus, 317: 26–32
NAVARRO-GARCIA, G. & GAMEZ-MEZA, N. & MEDINA-JUAREZ, L.A. & ORTEGA-GARCIA, J. & COTA-QUINONES, E. & RAMIREZ-SUAREZ, J.C.  (2017):  Natural antioxidants in the stability of ray liver oil. Ciencia Rural, 47 (1):   http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/0103-8478cr20160240
NOWARA, G.B. & BURCH, P. & GASCO, N. & WELSFORD, D.C. & LAMB, T.D. & CHAZEAU, C. & DUHAMEL, G. & PRUVOST, P. & WOTHERSPOON, S. & CANDY, S.G.  (2017):  Distribution and abundance of skates (Bathyraja spp.) on the Kerguelen Plateau through the lens of the toothfish fisheries. Fisheries Research, 186 (1): 65–81   http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fishres.2016.07.022
O'BRYHIM, J.R. & PARSONS, E.C.M. & LANCE, S.L.  (2017):  Forensic species identification of elasmobranch products sold in Costa Rican markets. Fisheries Research, 186 (1): 144–150   http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fishres.2016.08.020
PEREIRA, T.J. & MANIQUE, J. & QUINTELLA, B.R. & CASTRO, N. & DE ALMEIDA, P.R. & COSTA, J.L.  (2017):  Changes in fish assemblage structure after implementation of Marine Protected Areas in the south western coast of Portugal. Ocean & Coastal Management, 135: 103–112   http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2016.11.017
PETERSON, C.D. & BELCHER, C.N. & BETHEA, D.M. & DRIGGERS, W.B. & FRAZIER, B.S. & LATOUR, R.J.  (2017):  Preliminary recovery of coastal sharks in the south-east United States. Fish and Fisheries, in press   http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/faf.12210
PHILLIPS, N.M. & CHAPLIN, J.A. & PEVERELL, S.C. & MORGAN, D.L.  (2017):  Contrasting population structures of three Pristis sawfishes with different patterns of habitat use. Marine and Freshwater Research, 68 (3): 452–460   http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF15427
ROA, J.N. & TRESGUERRES, M.  (2017):  Bicarbonate-sensing soluble adenylyl cyclase is present in the cell cytoplasm and nucleus of multiple shark tissues. Physiological Reports, 5 (2): e13090   http://dx.doi.org/10.14814/phy2.13090
SAWYNA, J.M. & SPIVIA, W.R. & RADECKI, K. & FRASER, D.A. & LOWE, C.G.  (2017):  Association between chronic organochlorine exposure and immunotoxicity in the round stingray (Urobatis halleri). Environmental Pollution, in press   http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2016.12.019
SHIPLEY, O.N. & HOWEY, L.A. & TOLENTINO, E.R. & JORDAN, L.K.B. & RUPPERT, J.L.W. & BROOKS, E.J.  (2017):  Horizontal and vertical movements of Caribbean reef sharks (Carcharhinus perezi): conservation implications of limited migration in a marine sanctuary. Royal Society Open Science, 4 (2): 160611   http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsos.160611
SIMPFENDORFER, C.A. & DULVY, N.K.  (2017):  Bright spots of sustainable shark fishing. Current Biology, 27 (3): R97–R98   http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2016.12.017
TORRES, P. & TRISTÃO DA CUNHA, R. & RODRIGUES, A.D.  (2017):  Mid-Atlantic elasmobranchs: Suitable metal scouts? Marine Pollution Bulletin, in press   http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.01.058
TUNCER, S. &,KABASAKAL, H.  (2016): Capture of a Juvenil Shortfin Makoshark Isurus oxyrinchus Rafinesque,1810 (Chondrichthyes : Lamnidae) in the Bay of Edremit, Northern Aegean Sea (Turkey).  Annales, Series Historia Naturalis, 26 (1): 1–6
VARGAS-CARO, C. & BUSTAMANTE, C. & BENNETT, M.B. & OVENDEN, J.R.  (2017):  Towards sustainable fishery management for skates in South America: The genetic population structure of Zearaja chilensis and Dipturus trachyderma (Chondrichthyes, Rajiformes) in the south-east Pacific Ocean. PLoS ONE, 12 (2): e0172255   http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0172255
WALTRICK, D.S. & SIMPFENDORFER, C.A. & AWRUCH, C.A.  (2017):  A review on the morphology of ovarian follicles in elasmobranchs: A case study in Rhizoprionodon taylori. Journal of Morphology, in press   http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jmor.20644
XUE, X. & XUE, J. & LIU, W. & ADAMS, D.H. & KANNAN, K.  (2017):  Trophic Magnification of Parabens and Their Metabolites in a Subtropical Marine Food Web. Environmental Science & Technology, 51 (2): 780–789   http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.6b05501
ZEICHNER, S.S. & COLMAN, A.S. & KOCH, P.L. & POLO-SILVA, C. & GALVÁN-MAGAÑA, F. & KIM, S.L.  (2017):  Discrimination Factors and Incorporation Rates for Organic Matrix in Shark Teeth Based on a Captive Feeding Study. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, in press   http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/689192

Extinct Chondrichthyes:

ADOLFSSEN, J.S. & MILÀN, J. & FRIEDMAN, M.  (2017):  Review of the Danian vertebrate fauna of southern Scandinavia. Bulletin of the Geological Society of Denmark, 65: 1–23
AMALFITANO, J. & VECCHIA, F.M.D. & GIUSBERTI, L. & FORNACIARI, E. & LUCIANI, V. & ROGHI, G.  (2017):  Direct evidence of trophic interaction between a large lamniform shark, Cretodus sp., and a marine turtle from the Cretaceous of northeastern Italy. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 469: 104–121   http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2016.12.044
LOUREMBAM, R.S. & PRASAD, G.V.R. & GROVER, P.  (2017):  Ichthyofauna (Chondrichthyes, Osteichthyes) from the Upper Cretaceous intertrappean beds of Piplanarayanwar, Chhindwara District, Madhya Pradesh, India. Island Arc, 26 (1): 26   http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/iar.12180
MACFADDEN, B.J. & JONES, D.S. & JUD, N.A. & MORENO-BERNAL, J.W. & MORGAN, G.S. & PORTELL, R.W. & A. PEREZ, V.J. & MORAN, S.M. & WOOD, A.R.  (2017):  Integrated Chronology, Flora and Faunas, and Paleoecology of the Alajuela Formation, Late Miocene of Panama. PLoS ONE, 12 (1): e0170300   http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0170300
MÜLLER, P.  (2017):  Kann man aus den Charakteristiken verschiedener Zahntypen/-muster fossiler Haie auf deren Ernährungsweise schließen? Pollichia–Kurier, 33 (1): 10–15
SAMBOU, B.S. & SARR, R. & HAUTIER, L. & CAPPETTA, H. & ADNET, S.  (2017):  The selachian fauna (sharks and rays) of the phosphate series of Ndendouri-Ouali Diala (Matam, Western Senegal): Dating and paleoenvironmental interests. Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie, Abhandlungen, 283 (2):    http://dx.doi.org/10.1127/njgpa/2017/0637         
SIVERSSON, M. & MACHALSKI, M.  (2017):  Late late Albian (Early Cretaceous) shark teeth from Annopol, Poland. Alcheringa, in press   http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03115518.2017.1282981         
TRIF, N. & CIOBANU, R. & CODREA, V.  (2016): The first record of the giant shark Otodus megalodon (Agassiz, 1835) from Romania. Brukenthal, Acta Musei, XI (3): 507–526          


BAŞUSTA, N. & MUTLU, E. & DEVAL, M.C.  (2017):  Parasitic isopods (Anilocra frontalis H. Milne Edwards, 1830 and Ceratothoa capri (Trilles, 1964)) from the Antalya Bay (Turkey) with new host records.
DALLARES, S. & CARRASSON, M. & SCHAEFFNER, B.C.  (2017):  Revision of the family Sphyriocephalidae Pintner, 1913 (Cestoda: Trypanorhyncha), with the description of Heterosphyriocephalus encarnae n. sp and redescriptions of two species of Sphyriocephalus. Parasitology International, 66 (1): 843–862   http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.parint.2016.08.015
PENADÉS-SUAY, J. & TOMÁS, J. & MERCHÁN, M. & AZNAR, F.J.  (2017):  Intestinal helminth fauna of the shortfin mako Isurus oxyrinchus (Elasmobranchii: Lamnidae) in the North East Atlantic Ocean. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, 123 (1): 45–54   http://dx.doi.org/10.3354/dao03081
PRADEEP, H.D. &  SWAPNIL, S.S. & NASHAD, M. & S MOALISHA, D.  (2017):  New host and geographical record of the pandarid copepod, Pandarus cranchii (Leach, 1819) on the pelagic thresher shark, Alopias pelagicus Nakamura, 1935 from Andaman Sea. Journal of Entomology and Zoology Studies, 834 (51): 834–838


New Shark Song by Dr. Shark!
This time: a song about the Cookie-cutter Sharks!


Hammerhead shark migration gives new hope for conservation

Date: February 24, 2017
Source: Frontiers
Summary: Great Hammerhead sharks have been tagged and tracked across the USA and Bahamas in a bid to shed light on their migration habits. Researchers suggest that these sharks are more at risk than previously thought because of their predictable and seasonal migratory patterns. As an endangered species, the Great Hammerhead shark is in desperate need of effective conservation management. This new information will allow marine planners to improve the protection of this iconic animal.

Basking sharks seek out winter sun

Date: February 20, 2017
Source: University of Exeter
Summary: The winter habits of Britain's basking sharks have been revealed for the first time. Scientists have discovered some spend their winters off Portugal and North Africa, some head to the Bay of Biscay and others choose a staycation around the UK and Ireland.

Counting sharks

Researchers recalibrate shark population density using data they gathered during 8 years of study on Palmyra atoll

Date: February 21, 2017
Source: University of California - Santa Barbara
Summary: Researchers have recalibrated shark population density using data they gathered during eight years of study on Palmyra atoll.

Preliminary recovery of coastal sharks in southeast US

Date: February 28, 2017
Source: Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Summary: Population gains follow enactment of fishing regulations in the early 1990s after decades of declining shark numbers.
Crocodile shark discovered on UK coastline for first time
The species, named because of its crocodile-like teeth, is usually found off Brazil and Australia

New software will standardize data collection for great white sharks

Date: February 13, 2017
Source: Stellenbosch University
Summary: The lack of a standardized procedure for collecting data about elusive and hard to find species like the great white shark has to date seriously hampered efforts to manage and protect these animals. But now a marine biologist, an applied mathematician and a software developer joined expertise to develop a custom-made software package, called Identifin, which may offer a solution to this problem.