NEWSLETTER 10/2014 03.10.2014

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Missing papers:

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At the moment I search e.g. the following papers:

Aqua, International Journal of Ichyology

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

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


Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences

MASSON, A.G. & RUST, B.R. 1984 Freshwater shark teeth as paleoenvironmental indicators in the Upper Pennsylvanian Morien Group of the Sydney Basin, Nova Scotia Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 21 (10): 1151-1155

FIELITZ, C. 1996 A Late Cretaceous (Turonian) ichthyofauna from Lac des Bois, Northwest Territories, Canada, with paleobiogeographic comparisons with Turonian ichthyofaunas of the Western Interior Seaway.Canadian. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 33: 1375-1389



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IV Encuentro Colombiano sobre Condrictios:

place: Universidad EAFIT de Medellín, Colombia

date: 20. - 24. October 2014

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New information about the colombian meeting on Chondricthyes is avaiable! Use the following downloadlink (in spain).




EEA 2014 European Elasmobranch Association – Annual Scientific Conference 18 years on – Prepared for the Future

The Dutch Elasmobranch Society is proud to host the 18th Annual Scientific Conference of the European Elasmobranch Association from 7th to 9th November 2014 at the Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands.

Elasmobranchs are increasingly included in high level policy agreements. The conference will provide a platform for those involved in international science and policy and aims to help coordinate the information necessary for the development and implementation of management measures for rays and sharks in European waters. EEA 2014 will be of interest to all those who are involved in the study, management and conservation of chondrichthyans (sharks, skates, rays and chimaeras).

The three-day conference will include theme sessions on policy making, restoration measures, integrated management, husbandry and captive management, tagging and other subjects. The collection, availability and sharing of data will be an underlying theme. There will be plenary talks, a poster session and opportunities for networking and socialising. In addition an excursion will be offered on the last day.

Leeuwarden is a vibrant town with a charming centre and a wide selection of hotels and restaurants. It is the capital city of the northern Province of Fryslân and will be the Cultural Capital of Europe in 2018. There is a twice hourly train service from Schiphol (one direct, one with one connection) and it is easy to reach by road.

See www.elasmobranch.nl/EEA2014 for preliminary details on the conference.

Contact: eea2014@elasmobranch.nl

New described species/Taxonomic News:


Chimaera orientalis ANGULO, LÓPEZ, BUSSING & MURASE, 2014 © Arturo Angulo Sibaja, Universidad de Costa Rica; Paratype: UCR 2909–05.02, male, 760 mm TL, 475 mm BDL

ANGULO, A. & LÓPEZ, M.I. & BUSSING, W.A. & MURASE, A. (2014) Records of chimaeroid fishes (Holocephali: Chimaeriformes) from the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, with the description of a new species of Chimera (Chimaeridae) from the eastern Pacific Ocean. Zootaxa, 3861 (6): 554-574
New species: Chimaera orientalis
Abstract: A new species of Chimaera Linnaeus 1758 is described from three specimens collected from off the Pacific coasts of Costa Rica and Peru. Chimaera orientalis n. sp., the first species of the genus described from the eastern Pacific Ocean, is distinguished from its other congeners by a combination of coloration and morphology. Additionally, new records of occurrence for another four species of chimaeroid fishes (Harriotta raleighana (Goode & Bean 1895), Rhinochimaera africana Compagno, Stehmann & Ebert 1990, Hydrolagus colliei Lay & Bennett 1839, and H. macrophthalmus de Buen 1959) previously unknown for the continental shelf of the Pacific coast of Costa Rica and Central America are reported. A key to the eastern Pacific species of the order Chimaeriformes is also presented.



CIELOCHA, J.J. & JENSEN, K. & CAIRA, J.N. (2014) Floriparicapitus, a New Genus of Lecanicephalidean Tapeworm (Cestoda) from Sawfishes (Pristidae) and Guitarfishes (Rhinobatidae) in the Indo-West Pacific. Journal of Parasitology, 100 (4): 485-499   http://dx.doi.org/10.1645/13-468.1
New genus: Floriparicapitus
New species: Floriparicapitus euzeti, Floriparicapitus juliani, Floriparicapitus plicatilis
Abstract: Floriparicapitus n. gen. (Cestoda: Lecanicephalidea), with Floriparicapitus euzeti n. gen., n. sp. as its type, is erected to house 3 new tapeworm species and 2 known species that are transferred to the new genus, all parasitizing sawfishes and guitarfishes (order Rhinopristiformes) in Indo-Pacific waters. The new genus differs from the 21 valid lecanicephalidean genera in its possession of a large scolex bearing a laterally expanded apical organ in the form of a rugose sheet in combination with a cirrus conspicuously armed with spinitriches and 3 pairs of excretory vessels. It most closely resembles Lecanicephalum, but differs conspicuously in its possession of 3, rather than 1, pair of excretory vessels. Two new species are described from sawfishes: Floriparicapitus euzeti n. sp., from Pristis clavata and Floriparicapitus juliani n. sp. from Pristis pristis, both from Australia. Floriparicapitus plicatilis n. sp. is described from the guitarfish Glaucostegus typus in Australia and the guitarfish Glaucostegus thouin in Malaysian Borneo. Two species formerly assigned to Cephalobothrium are transferred to the new genus; Floriparicapitus variabilis (Southwell, 1911) n. comb. from the sawfish Anoxypristis cuspidata in Sri Lanka and Floriparicapitus rhinobatidis (Subhapradha, 1955) n. comb. from the guitarfish Glaucostegus granulatus in India. The species from guitarfish differ conspicuously from those parasitizing sawfish in their possession of only 4 (F. plicatilis n. sp.) or 5 (F. rhinobatidis n. comb.) testes per proglottid versus 9 or more in the 3 sawfish-parasitizing species. The latter 3 species differ from one another in scolex width, acetabular size, number of proglottids, and cirrus sac size. As it stands, the new genus appears to be restricted to a subclade of the Rhinopristiformes consisting of the sawfishes and species of Glaucostegus.
MOJICA, K.R. & JENSEN, K. & CAIRA, J.N. (2014) The Ocellated Eagle Ray, Aetobatus ocellatus (Myliobatiformes: Myliobatidae), from Borneo and Northern Australia as Host of Four New Species of Hornellobothrium (Cestoda: Lecanicephalidea). Journal of Parasitology, 100 (4): 504-515  http://dx.doi.org/10.1645/13-411.1
New species: Hornellobothrium gerdaae, Hornellobothrium iotakotta, Hornellobothrium kolossakotta, Hornellobothrium najaforme
Abstract: Four new species are described in the lecanicephalidean genus Hornellobothrium from the ocellated eagle ray, Aetobatus ocellatus, from Australia and Indonesian Borneo. The species possess flat, laterally expanded immature proglottids and a small internal, glandular apical organ diagnostic of the genus. To date, only 2 valid species are recognized in the genus: Hornellobothrium cobraformis Shipley & Hornell, 1906, from "Aetobatus narinari'' from Sri Lanka, and Hornellobothrium extensivum Jensen, 2005, from A. ocellatus, also from Australia. The new species differ from H. cobraformis in the shape of the apical organ and mature proglottids, and from H. extensivum in testes number and scolex dimensions. The new species can be distinguished from one another based on the following combination of features: Hornellobothrium gerdaae n. sp. possesses testes arranged in 2 layers and lacks post-ovarian vitelline follicles; Hornellobothrium iotakotta n. sp. has a single column of 4 testes and lacks spiniform microtriches on the distal bothridial surface; both Hornellobothrium kolossakotta n. sp. and Hornellobothrium najaforme n. sp. possess a single column of 6 testes, but H. najaforme n. sp. is a longer worm with a greater number of laterally expanded immature proglottids. Host associations suggest this genus is potentially limited to A. ocellatus. While reports of up to 9 lecanicephalidean congeners in a single host species exist, they are considered dubious and in need of verification, mainly because of host identification issues. This study demonstrates the presence of at least 5 species of Hornellobothrium in A. ocellatus. Insufficient sampling of this host species across the Indo-Pacific and at each locality may account for the apparent restricted distribution of species of Hornellobothrium.
OTA, Y. (2014) Three new gnathiid species with larvae ectoparasitic on coastal sharks from southwestern Japan (Crustacea: Isopoda). Zootaxa, 3857 (4): 478-500
New species: Gnathia albipalpebrata, Gnathia parvirostrata, Gnathia dejimagi
Abstract: Gnathiid larvae were collected from the gill chambers of coastal sharks in southwestern Japan. Some were reared in a laboratory aquarium and successfully metamorphosed into adults. Morphological observations of the adult males identified three undescribed species, which are designated Gnathia albipalpebrata n. sp., G. parvirostrata n. sp., and G. dejimagi n. sp. on the basis of their larval morphologies and pigmentation patterns.

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Recent Papers:

ANGULO, A. & LÓPEZ, M.I. & BUSSING, W.A. & MURASE, A. (2014) Records of chimaeroid fishes (Holocephali: Chimaeriformes) from the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, with the description of a new species of Chimera (Chimaeridae) from the eastern Pacific Ocean. Zootaxa, 3861 (6): 554-574  http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3861.6.3
ARAUJO, G. & LUCEY, A. & LABAJA, J. & SO, C.L. & SNOW, S. & PONZO, A. (2014) Population structure and residency patterns of whale sharks, Rhincodon typus, at a provisioning site in Cebu, Philippines. PeerJ, 2 :e543  http://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.543
ARAÚJO, P.R.V. & NUNES, R.I. & ODDONE, M.C. & VELASCO, G. (2014) Pesca artesanal e captura de Myliobatis spp. (Chondrichthyes: Rajiformes) na praia do Cassino, RS. Abstract. In: VIII Encontro da Sociedade Brasileira para o Estudo de Elasmobrânquios - SBEEL, 2014, Recife. OS DESAFIOS DA PESQUISA E ESTUDOS DE TUBARÕES E RAIAS NO BRASIL, 2014 : 95 
ARAÚJO, P.R.V. & NUNES, R.I. & VELASCO, G. & ODDONE, M.C. (2014)Biologia da reprodução de Myliobatis goodei (Garman, 1885) e Myliobatis ridens (Ruocco, Lucifora, De Astarloa, Mabragaña & Delpiani, 2012) (Chondrichthyes: Rajiformes) na praia do Cassino, RS. Abstract In: VIII Encontro da Sociedade Brasileira para o Estudo de Elasmobrânquios - SBEEL, 2014, Recife. OS DESAFIOS DA PESQUISA E ESTUDOS DE TUBARÕES E RAIAS NO BRASIL, 2014 : 53 
BLOWER, D.C. & OVENDEN, J.R. (2014) The complete mitochondrial genome of the sandbar shark Carcharhinus plumbeus. Mitochondrial DNA, in press  http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/19401736.2014.926487
BUSTAMANTE, C. & VARGAS-CARO, C. & BENNETT, M.B. (2014) Not all fish are equal: functional biodiversity of cartilaginous fishes (Elasmobranchii and Holocephali) in Chile. Journal of Fish Biology, in press  http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jfb.12517
CASCAES, M.J. & OLIVEIRA, R.T. & UBARANA, M.M. & SATO, R.M. & BALDASSIN, P. & COLABUONO, F.I. & LEONEL, J. & TANIGUCHI, S. & WEBER, R.R. (2014) Persistent organic pollutants in liver of Brazilian sharpnose shark (Rhizoprionodon lalandii) from southeastern coast of Brazil. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 86 (1–2): 591–593   http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2014.05.032
CHAI, A. & YAMAGUCHI, A. & FURUMITSU, K. & ZHANG, J. (2014) Mitochondrial genome of Japanese angel shark Squatina japonica (Chondrichthyes: Squatinidae).Mitochondrial DNA, in press   http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/19401736.2014.919463
CHANG, C.-H. & CHIANG, W.C. & LIN, Y.S. & JANG-LIAW, N.H. & SHAO, K.T. (2014) Complete mitochondrial genome of the longfin mako shark, Isurus paucus (Chondrichthyes, Lamnidae). Mitochondrial DNA, in press  http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/19401736.2014.913145
CHANG, C.-H. & JABADO, R.W. & LIN, Y.S. & SHAO, K.T. (2014) The complete mitochondrial genome of the sand tiger shark, Carcharias taurus (Chondrichthyes, Odontaspididae). Mitochondrial DNA, in press  http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/19401736.2013.845761
CHANG, C.-H. & JANG-LIAW, N.H. & LIN, Y.S. & CARLISLE, A. & HSU, H.H. & LIAO, Y.C. & SHAO, K.T. (2014) The complete mitochondrial genome of the salmon shark, Lamna ditropis (Chondrichthyes, Lamnidae). Mitochondrial DNA, in press  http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/19401736.2014.892095
CHANG, C.-H. & SHAO, K.-T. & LIN, Y.-S. & FANG, Y.C. & HO, H.-C. (2014) The complete mitochondrial genome of the great white shark, Carcharodon carcharias (Chondrichthyes, Lamnidae). Mitochondrial DNA, in press  http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/19401736.2013.803092
CHANG, C.-H. & SHAO, K.-T. & LIN, Y.-S. & TSAI, A.Y. & SU, P.X. & HO, H.-C. (2014) The complete mitochondrial genome of the shortfin mako, Isurus oxyrinchus (Chondrichthyes, Lamnidae). Mitochondrial DNA, in press  http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/19401736.2013.834430
CHAPMAN, D.D. & FELDHEIM, K.A. & PAPASTAMATIOU, Y. & HUETER, R.E. (2014) There and Back Again: A Review of Residency and Return Migrations in Sharks, with Implications for Population Structure and Management. Annual Review of Marine Science, in press   http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-marine-010814-015730
CHEN, X. & AI, W. & PAN, L. & SHI, X. (2014) Complete mitochondrial genome of the largest living fish: whale shark Rhincodon typus (Orectolobiformes: Rhincodontidae). Mitochondrial DNA, in press  http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/19401736.2014.898288
CHEN, X. & AI, W. & SHI, X. & GAO, T. (2014) Mitochondrial genome of the ringstraked guitarfish Rhinobatos hynnicephalus (Elasmobranchii: Rajiformes).Mitochondrial DNA, in press   http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/19401736.2013.836520
CHEN, X. & LIU, M. & GREWE, P.M. & KYNE, P.M. & FEUTRY, P. (2014)Complete mitochondrial genome of the Critically Endangered speartooth shark Glyphis glyphis (Carcharhiniformes: Carcharhinidae). Mitochondrial DNA, in press  http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/19401736.2013.809443
CHEN, X. & LIU, M. & PENG, Z. & SHI, X. (2014) Mitochondrial genome of the bull shark Carcharhinus leucas (Carcharhiniformes: Carcharhinidae). Mitochondrial DNA, in press   http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/19401736.2013.855906
CHEN, X. & LIU, M. & XIAO, J. & YANG, W. & PENG, Z. (2014) Complete mitochondrial genome of the hardnose shark Carcharhinus macloti (Carcharhiniformes: Carcharhinidae). Mitochondrial DNA, in press  http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/19401736.2014.930836
CHEN, X. & PENG, Z. & CAI, L. & XU, Y. (2014) Mitochondrial genome of the spot-tail shark Carcharhinus sorrah (Carcharhiniformes: Carcharhinidae). Mitochondrial DNA, in press   http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/19401736.2013.845764
CHEN, X. & SHEN, X.J. & ARUNRUGSTICHAI, S. & AI, W. & XIANG, D. (2014)Complete mitochondrial genome of the blacktip reef shark Carcharhinus melanopterus (Carcharhiniformes: Carcharhinidae). Mitochondrial DNA, in press  http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/19401736.2014.919483
CHEN, X. & SONCHAENG, P. & YUVANATEMIYA, V. & NUANGSAENG, B. & AI, W. (2014) Complete mitochondrial genome of the whitetip reef shark Triaenodon obesus (Carcharhiniformes: Carcharhinidae). Mitochondrial DNA, in press  http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/19401736.2014.926499
CHEN, X. & XIANG, D. & AI, W. & SHI, X. (2014) Complete mitochondrial genome of the blue shark Prionace glauca (Elasmobranchii: Carcharhiniformes).Mitochondrial DNA, in press   http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/19401736.2013.825790
CHEN, X. & YU, J. & ZHANG, S. & DING, W. & XIANG, D. (2014) Complete mitochondrial genome of the tiger shark Galeocerdo cuvier (Carcharhiniformes: Carcharhinidae). Mitochondrial DNA, in press  http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/19401736.2013.809450
CORSOLINI, S. & ANCORA, S. & BIANCHI, N. & MARIOTTI, G. & LEONZIO, C. & CHRISTIANSEN, J.S. (2014) Organotropism of persistent organic pollutants and heavy metals in the Greenland shark Somniosus microcephalus in NE Greenland.Marine Pollution Bulletin, in press   http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2014.07.021
CORTÉS, E. & BROOKS, E.N. & SHERTZER, K.W. (2014) Risk assessment of cartilaginous fish populations. ICES Journal of Marine Science, in press  http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/icesjms/fsu157
CURTIS, T.H. & ZEEMAN, S.I. & SUMMERS, E.L. & CADRIN, S.X. & SKOMAL, G.B. (2014) Eyes in the sky: linking satellite oceanography and biotelemetry to explore habitat selection by basking sharks. Animal Biotelemetry, 2: 12  http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/2050-3385-2-12
DIAZ-JAIMES, P. & HINOJOSA-ALVAREZ, S. & SANCHEZ-HERNANDEZ, X. & HOYOS-PADILLA, M. & GARCÍA-DE-LEÓN, F.J. (2014) The complete mitochondrial DNA of white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) from Isla Guadalupe, Mexico. Mitochondrial DNA, in press  http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/19401736.2014.945556
DIXSON, D.L. & JENNINGS, A.R. & ATEMA, J. & MUNDAY, P.L. (2014) Odor tracking in sharks is reduced under future ocean acidification conditions. Global Change Biology, in press   http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/gcb.12678
ESPINOZA, M. & CAPPO, M. & HEUPEL, M.R. & TOBIN, A.J. & SIMPFENDORFER, C.A. (2014) Quantifying Shark Distribution Patterns and Species-Habitat Associations: Implications of Marine Park Zoning. PLoS ONE, 9 (9): e106885   http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0106885
FEUTRY, P. & GREWE, PM. & KYNE, P.M. & CHEN, X. (2014) Complete mitogenomic sequence of the Critically Endangered Northern River Shark Glyphis garricki (Carcharhiniformes: Carcharhinidae). Mitochondrial DNA, in press  http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/19401736.2013.861428
FEUTRY, P. & KYNE, P.M. & GREWE, P.M. & CHEN, X. & LIU, M. (2014) Whole mitogenome of the Endangered dwarf sawfish Pristis clavata.(Rajiformes: Pristidae).Mitochondrial DNA, in press   http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/19401736.2013.830297
FEUTRY, P. & PILLANS, RD. & KYNE, P.M. & CHEN, X. (2014) Complete mitogenome of the Graceful Shark Carcharhinus amblyrhynchoides (Carcharhiniformes: Carcharhinidae). Mitochondrial DNA, in press  http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/19401736.2014.892094
FOSSI, M.C. & COPPOLA, D. & BAINI, M. & GIANNETTI, M. & GUERRANTI, C. & MARSILI, L. & PANTI, C. & DE, SABATA, E. & CLO, S. (2014) Large filter feeding marine organisms as indicators of microplastic in the pelagic environment: The case studies of the Mediterranean basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) and fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus). Marine Environmental Research, 100: 17-24  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marenvres.2014.02.002
FRANCIS, M.P. (2014) Survival and depth distribution of spinetail devilrays (Mobula japanica) released from purse-seine catches. NIWA Client Report, WLG2014-2: 23 p. 
FRANCIS, M.P. & LYON, W.S. (2014) Review of commercial fishery interactions and population information for the oceanic whitetip shark, a protected New Zealand species. NIWA Client Report, WLG2014-40: 15 p. 
FRÍAS-ESPERICUETA, M.G. & CARDENAS-NAVA, N.G. & MÁRQUEZ-FARÍAS, J.F. & OSUNA-LÓPEZ, J.I. & MUY-RANGEL, M.D. & RUBIO-CARRASCO, W. & VOLTOLINA, D. (2014) Cadmium, Copper, Lead and Zinc Concentrations in Female and Embryonic Pacific Sharpnose Shark (Rhizoprionodon longurio) Tissues. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, in press  http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00128-014-1360-0
GALVÁN-TIRADO, C. & HINOJOSA-ALVAREZ, S. & DIAZ-JAIMES, P. & MARCET-HOUBEN, M. & GARCÍA-DE-LEÓN, F.J. (2014) The complete mitochondrial DNA of the silky shark (Carcharhinus falciformis). Mitochondrial DNA, in press   http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/19401736.2013.878922
GAUTIER, A. & BOSSEBOEUF, A. & AUVRAY, P. & SOURDAINE, P. (2014)Maintenance of Potential Spermatogonial Stem Cells In Vitro by GDNF Treatment in a Chondrichthyan Model (Scyliorhinus canicula L.). Biology of Reproduction, in press  http://dx.doi.org/10.1095/biolreprod.113.116020
GIRONDOT, M. & BÉDEL, S. & DELMOITIEZ, L. & RUSSO. M. & CHEVALIER, J. & GUÉRY, L. & HASSINE, S.B. & FÉON, H. & JRIBI, I. (2014) Spatio-temporal distribution of Manta birostris in French Guiana waters. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, in press  http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0025315414001398
GREEN, L. & JUTFELT, F. (2014) Elevated carbon dioxide alters the plasma composition and behaviour of a shark. Biology Letters, 10 (9): 20140538  http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2014.0538
HAYASHI, T. & HIGO, E. & ORITO, H. & AGO, K. & OGATA, M. (2014)Postmortem wounds caused by cookie-cutter sharks (Isistius species): an autopsy case of a drowning victim. Forensic Science Medicine and Pathology, in press  http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12024-014-9597-9
HOLMES, B.J. & PEPPERELL, J.G. & GRIFFITHS, S.P. & JAINE, F.R.A. & TIBBETTS, I.R. & BENNETT, M.B. (2014) Tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) movement patterns and habitat use determined by satellite tagging in eastern Australian waters. Marine Biology, in press   http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00227-014-2536-1
HSU, H.H. & LIN, C.Y. & JOUNG, S.J. (2014) The first record, tagging and release of a neonatal whale shark Rhincodon typus in Taiwan. Journal of Fish Biology, in press   http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jfb.12498
JACOBY, D.M.P. & FEAR, L.N. & SIMS, D.W. & CROFT, D.P. (2014) Shark personalities? Repeatability of social network traits in a widely distributed predatory fish. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, in press  http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00265-014-1805-9
JAINE, F.R.A. & ROHNER, C.A. & WEEKS, S.J. & COUTURIER, L.I.E. & BENNETT, M.B. & TOWNSEND, K.A. & RICHARDSON, A.J. (2014) Movements and habitat use of reef manta rays off eastern Australia: offshore excursions, deep diving and eddy affinity revealed by satellite telemetry. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 510: 73-86   http://dx.doi.org/10.3354/meps10910
KABASAKAL, H. & KABASAKAL, O. (2014) Status of angelshark, Squatina squatina (Elasmobranchii: Squatiniformes: Squatinidae) in the Sea of Marmara.Annales, Series Historia Naturalis, 24 (1): 41-46 
KOLHATKAR, A. & ROBERTSON, C.E. & THISTLE, M.E. & GAMPERL, A.K. & CURRIE, S. (2014) Coordination of chemical (trimethylamine oxide) and molecular (heat shock protein 70) chaperone responses to heat stress in elasmobranch red blood cells. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, 87 (5): 652-662  http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/676831
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News from CITES:

iSharkFin - a new app that helps with identifying sharks from fins will come soon!
In collaboration with the University of Vigo, FAO is developing the software iSharkFin, an expert system based on machine-learning techniques for the identification of shark fins by their shape. Aimed at port inspectors, custom agents, fish traders etc, the user needs to take a picture of the fin and select some characteristics before automatically finding out what species is involved.

more information: http://cites.org/eng/prog/shark/isharkfin
source: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-29448192

Sharks can be 'social or solitary'By Jonathan WebbScience reporter, BBC News

The researchers studied ten groups of small spotted catsharks

The most feared predators in the sea have individual personalities that affect how readily they socialise, according to a study by UK scientists.

Individual sharks, studied in groups of ten, showed consistent social habits - either forming groups with other sharks or finding camouflage on their own.

When a group was shifted into a new environment, individual sharks showed the same patterns of behaviour.

This is the first study to show that sharks have their own personalities.

The research was done in large tanks at the Marine Biological Association of the UK, in Plymouth, in collaboration with the University of Exeter. The findings appear in the journal Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology.

Strategies for safety

Ten different groups, each containing ten small spotted catsharks, were each studied in three different situations. Some were complex environments with lots of rocks and other features, and some were simple tanks with gravel on the bottom.

Even though the overall number and size of sub-groups among the ten sharks often changed between environments, the individual sharks that tended to form big groups continued to do so, no matter what the situation.

Similarly, the more antisocial specimens remained on their own, or in much smaller groups.

"The results were driven by different social preferences, that appeared to reflect different strategies for staying safe," said lead author Dr David Jacoby, a behavioural ecologist now working at the Institute of Zoology in London.

"Well-connected individuals formed conspicuous groups, while less social individuals tended to camouflage alone, matching their skin colour with the colour of the gravel in the bottom of the tank," Dr Jacoby said.

Prof William Hughes, an animal behaviour expert at the University of Sussex, said he was impressed by the level of detail in the results.

"They recorded which shark was hanging around with which other sharks, on a number of occasions across two days - so they got a very, very detailed picture of the social relationships," he told BBC News.

sharkThe researchers expect their finding to apply to other sharks, including in the wild

Prof Hughes said the experiments could be compared to watching a group of people: "Imagine if we took ten work colleagues and plonked them in a bar, and observed which individuals sat with which other individuals over the course of an evening."

Then imagine repeating the experiments in a nightclub, rather than a bar. And then perhaps back at work - and then, repeating the whole exercise with nine other groups of ten colleagues.

Individual people would tend to form bigger or smaller groups no matter what the situation, much like the sharks.

"It's a very nice piece of work. It provides some pretty reasonable evidence that sharks show a form of social personality," Prof Hughes said.

Comparing notes

The result is not altogether surprising, he added. Over the last decade or more, a minor revolution in animal behaviour research has amassed similar evidence for consistent, individual behaviour differences within a large number of species.

"Probably all animals show it, to some extent," Prof Hughes explained.

Jean-Sebastien Finger is a PhD student at the Humboldt University in Germany, investigating the existence of personalities in another species, the lemon shark. His work is based at the Bimini Biological Field Station in the Bahamas.

Mr Finger agrees that the result was not unexpected. "Personality has been seen everywhere - in almost every taxon of animals," he told the BBC.

"Sharks haven't really been tested before."

lemon shark
Gregarious or antisocial? Individual lemon sharks also appear to have their own personalities

Mr Finger said his own research had found "strong preliminary evidence" for consistent differences in lemon sharks.

"I think it will be quite good to compare the two species," he said.

Dr Jacoby is also looking forward to comparing notes. "I'd expect there to be similar sorts of traits in other species," he said, adding that the Bahamas project looks at sharks in the wild, which is important.

"Ours was captive study - but it gave us an opportunity to manipulate and control these experiments, which is unusual in shark studies."