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In: Special issue of DSR II - Biology of Deep-Water Chondrichthyans (Edited by C.F. Cotton and R.D. Grubbs):

STRAUBE, N. & LESLIE, R.W. & CLERKIN, P.J. & EBERT, D.A. & ROCHEL, E. & CORRIGAN, S. & LI, C. & NAYLOR, G.J.P.    2015: On the occurrence of the southern Lanternshark, Etmopterus granulosus, off south Africa, with comments on the validity of E. compagnoi. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 115: 11-17

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Lethaia (newly added)

BENDIX-ALMGREEN, S.E. 1970 The anatomy of Menaspis armata and the phyletic affinities of the menaspid bradyodonts. Lethaia, 4 (1): 21-49


Acta Zoologica (Stockholm) (new added)

ALLIS, E.P. 1923 The cranial anatomy of Chlamydoselachus anguineus. Acta Zoologica (Stockholm), 4 (2-3): 123-221

CORRINGTON, J.D. 1930 Morphology of the anterior arteries of sharks. Acta Zoologica (Stockholm), 11 (2-3): 185-261

HOLMGREN, N. 1940 Studies on the head in fishes. Embryological, morphological, and phylogenetical researches. Part I. Development of the skull in sharks and rays. Acta Zoologica (Stockholm), 21 (1-3): 51-267

HOLMGREN, N. 1941 Studies on the head in fishes. Embryological, morphological, and phylogenetical researches. Part II. Comparative anatomy of the adult selachian skull, with remarks on the dorsal fins in sharks. Acta Zoologica (Stockholm), 22 (1-3): 1-100, figs 1-74

DISLER, N. 1961 On the structure of the laterosensory System in Sharks and Rays. Acta Zoologica (Stockholm), 42 (1-2): 163-175

FÄNGE, R. & SUNDELL, G. 1969 Lymphomyeloid Tissues, Blood Cells and Plasma Proteins in Chimaera monstrosa (Pisces, Holocephali). Acta Zoologica (Stockholm), 50 (1-2): 155-168

MEURLING, P. 1972 Pars intermedia and Background Adaptation in the Skate, Raja radiata.Acta Zoologica (Stockholm), 53 (2): 195-204

MEURLING, P. & FREMBERG, M. 1974 Effects of Partial Denervations of the Neuro-intermediate Lobe in the Skate, Raja radiata. Acta Zoologica (Stockholm), 55 (1): 7-15

FÄNGE, R. 1977 Size Relations of Lymphomyeloid Organs in Some Cartilaginous Fish.Acta Zoologica (Stockholm), 58 (3): 125-128

MORROW, W.J.W. & HARRIS, J.E. & PULSFORD, A. 1982 Immunological responses of the dogfish (Scyliorhinus canicula L.) to cellular antigens. Acta Zoologica (Stockholm), 63 (3): 153-159

RODRIGUEZ-MOLDES, M.I. & ANADÓN, R. 1988 Ultrastructural Study of the Evolution of Globules in Coronet Cells of the Saccus Vasculosus of an Elasmobranch (Scyliorhinus canicula L.), with some Observations on Cerebrospinal Fluid-Contacting Neurons. Acta Zoologica (Stockholm), 69 (4): 217-224

PULSFORD, A. & ZAPATA, A. 1989 Macrophages and Reticulum Cells in the Spleen of the Dogfish, Scyliorhinus canicula. Acta Zoologica (Stockholm), 70 (4): 221-227

MATTISSON, A. & FÄNGE, R. & ZAPATA, A. 1990 Histology and Ultrastructure of the Cranial Lymphohaemopoietic Tissue in Chimaera monstrosa (Pisces, Holocephali). Acta Zoologica (Stockholm), 71 (2): 97-106

MUÑOZ-CHÁPULI, R. & DE ANDRÉS, A.V. & DINGERKUS, G. 1994 Coronary Artery Anatomy and Elasmobranch Phylogeny. Acta Zoologica (Stockholm), 75 (3): 249-254


Bulletin du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle (new added)

SIGNEUX, J. 1949 Notes paleoichthyologiques. I. Observations sur le genre Scapanorhynchus et ses relations. Bulletin du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, (Série 2), 21 (5): 633-638, figs 1-3

SIGNEUX, J. 1949 Notes paléoichthyologiques. II: Sur les genres Isurus, Chiloscyllium et Triakis trouvés à l'état fossile dans le gisement sénonien de Sahel-Alma. Bulletin du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, 21 (5): 635-638, 3 fig.

SIGNEUX, J. 1950 Notes Paléoichthyologiques. III: Squalidae fossiles du Sénonien de Sahel-Alma. Bulletin du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, 22 (2): 315-319, fig.

SIGNEUX, J. 1951 Notes Paléoichthyologiques. IV: Les Rhinobatidae du Liban. Bulletin du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, 23 (6): 693-695,1 pl.

SIGNEUX, J. 1954 Notes Paléoichthyologiques. VI (suite). Cas d'ovoviviparité chez un Rhinobate fossile. Bulletin du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, 26 (5): 644-645

BRANISA, L. & HOFSTAETTER, R. & SIGNEUX, J. 1964 Addditions a la faune ichthyologique du Cretace supérieur de Bolivie. Bulletin du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, (Serie 2), 36: 279-297, 3 Fig.

BRANISA, L. & HOFSTETTER, R. 1966 Nouvelle contribution a I etude de la paléontologie et de I Age du groupe Puca (Cretace-Paleogene, Bolivie). Bulletin du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, (Série 2), 38: 301-310, 1 Fig.; Paris.

BLOT, J. 1980 La faune ichtyologique des gisements du Monte Bolca (Province de Ve´rone, Italie). Catalogue syste´matique pre´sentant l'etat actuel des recherches concernant cette faune. Bulletin du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, (Série 4), sect. C, 2 (4): 339-396.


Bulletin of the Mizunami Fossil Museum (new added)

ITOIGAWA, J. & NISHIMOTO, N. & HIROYUKI, A. 1977 Cretaceous fossil elasmobranchs from japan (first report). Bulletin of the Mizunami Fossil Museum, 4: 119-138

NISHIMOTO, H. & MOROZUMI, Y. 1979 Late Cretaceous elasmobranches from the Izumi Mountain Range. Bulletin of the Mizunami Fossil Museum, 6: 133-140

NOMURA, M. & HATANAKA, O. & NISHIMOTO, H. & KARASAWA, H. & NANAO NOJIRIKO GROUP 1991 Megasqualus serriculus Jordan and Hannibal (Squalidae: Squaliformes: Elasmobranchii) from the Middle Miocene Nanao Calcareous Sandstone, Nanao City, Noto Peninsula, Central Japan. Bulletin of the Mizunami Fossil Museum, 18: 33-45

OKAMURA, Y. & FUDOUJI, Y. & KARASAWA, H. 2000 A first record of the genus Pseudaetobatus (Myliobatiformes, Myliobatidae) from the middle Eocene Okinoshima Group, Kyushu, Japan. Bulletin of the Mizunami Fossil Museum, 27: 199-200


Revista de la Societat Paleontologica d'Elx (new added)

MENDIOLA, C. 1995 Familia Zygzabatidae n. (Batomorphii, Myliobatoidea). Zygzabatis maroccana n. gen., n. sp. Revista de la Societat Paleontologica d'Elx, 1: 1-4, 2 tabl., 1 pl.

MENDIOLA, C. 1996 Rhincodon ferriolensis n. sp. (Neoselachii, Orectolobiformes, Rhincodontidae) del Burdigaliense superior de Elche (Sureste de España). Revista de la Societat Paleontologica d'Elx, 2: 1-6, 2 fig., 1 pl.

MENDIOLA, C. 1999 Myliobatoideos nuevos (Neoselachii, Batomorphii) del Thanesiense ? de oued Zem (Cuenca de los Ouled Abdoun, Marruecos). Revista de la Societat Paleontologica d'Elx, 6: 1-42, 10 fig., pl. 1-12

MENDIOLA, C. 2001 Hallazgo de Carcharodon carcharias (Linnaeus 1758) en el Plioceno superior de Conil de la Frontera (Cádiz, España). Revista de la Societat Paleontológica d'Elx, 7: 1-9

MENDIOLA, C. 2002 Notorynchus lawleyi Cigala Fulgosi 1983 (Chondrichthyes, Hexanchiformes) en el Plioceno inferior de Guardamar y Plioceno medio de Rojales (Sureste de España, Cuenca del Bajo Segura, Cordillera Bética Oriental). Revista de la Societat Paleontológica d'Elx, 8: 1-15

MENDIOLA, C. & MARTINEZ, J. 2003 La ictiofauna fósil (Chondrichthyes, Euselachii) del Mesozoico y Cenozoico de España. Revista de la Societat Paleontológica d'Elx, 9: 1-103

MENDIOLA, C. 2004 Primera cita española del género Ptychodus AGASSIZ 1839 (Chondrichthyes, Euselachii). Revista de la Societat Paleontológica d'Elx, 13: 1-14

MENDIOLA, C. & LÓPEZ, A. 2005 La ictiofauna fósil (Chondrichthyes, Euselachii) del Serravalliense de Alicante (Sureste de España). Revista de la Societat Paleontológica d'Elx, 14: 1-51


Transactions of the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies (new added)

BREARD, S. & STRINGER, G.L. 1995 Paleoenvironment of a diverse marine vertebrate fauna from the Yazoo Clay (Late Eocene) at Copenhagen, Caldwell Parish, Louisiana.Transactions of the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, 45: 77-85

STRINGER, G.L. & BREARD, S. 1997 Comparison of otolith-based paleoecology to other fossil groups: an example from the Cane River Formation (Eocene) of Louisiana.Transactions of the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, 47: 563-570

BREARD, S. & STRINGER, G.L. 1999 Integrated paleoecology and marine vertebrate fauna of the Stone City Formation (Middle Eocene), Brazos River section, Texas.Transactions of the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, 49: 132-142

STRINGER, G.L. & BREARD, S.Q. & KONTROVITZ, M. 2001 Biostratigraphy and paleoecology of diagnostic invertebrates and vertebrates from the type locality of the Oligocene Rosefield Marl Beds, Louisiana. Transactions of the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, 51: 321-328

STRINGER, G.L. & MILLER, M. 2001 Paleoenvironmental interpretations based on vertebrate fossil assemblages: an example of their utilization in the Gulf Coast. Transactions of the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, 51: 329-338


Journal of Ichthyology:

PINCHUK, V.I. & PERMITIN, Y.Y. 1970 New data on dogfish sharks of the Family Squalidae in the southeastern Atlantic. Journal of Ichthyology, 10 (3): 273-276

RASS, T.S. & LINDBERG, G.U. 1971 Modern concepts of the classification of living fishes.Journal of Ichthyology, 11: 302-319

GUBANOV, Y.P. 1972 On the biology of the thresher shark (Alopias vulpinus (Bonnaterre)) in the northwest Indian Ocean. Journal of Ichthyology, 12 (4): 591-600, figs 1-2, tabs 1-3

DOMANEVSKIY, L.N. 1975 The Frill Shark, Chlamydoselachus anguineus, from the Cape Blanc Area (Central Eastern Atlantic). Journal of Ichthyology, 15 (6): 1000-1002

GUBANOV, Y.P. & GRIGOREV, V.N. 1975 Distribution and biology of the blue shark Prionace glauca (Carcharhinidae) of the Indian Ocean. Journal of Ichthyology, 15: 37-43

GUBANOV, Y.P. 1978 The reproduction of some species of pelagic sharks from the equatorial zone of the Indian Ocean. Journal of Ichthyology, 18: 781-792

SVETLOV, M.F. 1978 The porbeagle, Lamna nasus, in Antarctic waters. Journal of Ichthyology, 18 (5): 850-851

MYAGKOV, N.A. & KONDYURIN, V.V. 1978 Reproduction of the catshark Apristurus saldanha. Journal of Ichthyology, 4: 627-628

KONSTANTINOV, K.G. & NIZOVTSEV, G.P. 1979 The basking shark, Cetorhinus maximus, in Kandalaksha Bay of the White Sea. Journal of Ichthyology, 19 (1): 155-156

PIOTROVSKIY, A.S. & PRUT'KO, V.G. 1980 The occurrence of the goblin shark, Scapanorhynchus owstoni (Chondrichthyes, Scapanorhynchidae) in the Indian Ocean.Journal of Ichthyology, 20 (1): 124-125

TUMOKHIN, I.G. 1980 Discovery of the frill shark, Chlamydoselachus anguineus, in the southwest Indian Ocean.  Journal of Ichthyology, 20 (1): 125-126

PINCHUK, V.I. 1981 Mistaken identification of the so-called "dogfish", a member of the gray shark genus, Carcharhinus , from open waters of world oceans. Journal of Ichthyology, 21 (5): 115-117

LITVINOV, F.F. 1982 Two forms of teeth in Blue shark, Prionace glauca (Carcharhinidae).Journal of Ichthyology, 22 (4): 154-156

LITVINOV, F.F. & AGAPOV, S.N. & KATALIMOV, V.G. & MIRONOV, S.G. 1983 Rate of tooth Replacement in Blue Shark, Prionace glauca (Carcharhinidae), in relation to Feeding.Journal of Ichthyology, 23 (1): 143-145

MYAGKOV, N.A. 1984 Unusual brain structure of luminous shark, Isistius brasiliensis (Dalatiidae). Journal of Ichthyology, 24 (2): 109-112

GUBANOV, E.P. 1985 Presence of the sharp tooth sand shark, Odontaspis ferox (Odontaspididae), in the open waters of the Indian Ocean. Journal of Ichthyology, 25 (2): 156-158

PARIN, N.V. & KOTLYAR, A.N. 1985 Electric rays of the genus Torpedo in open waters of the eastern south Pacific Ocean. Journal of Ichthyology, 26 (1): 1-12

IVANOV, A. 1986 A new capture of the rare catshark, Apristurus longicephalus (Scyliorhinidae). Journal of Ichthyology, 27 (1): 147-149

MYAGKOV, N.A. & KONDYURIN, V.V. 1986 Dogfishes Squalus (Squalidae), of the Atlantic Ocean and comparative notes on the species of this genus from other regions. Journal of Ichthyology, 27 (1): 1-18

IVANOV, A. 1987 On the distribution of the bigeye thresher shark, Alopias superciliosus, in the Pacific Ocean. Journal of Ichthyology, 26 (5): 121-122, fig

SHCHERBACHEV, Y.N. 1987 Preliminary list of thalassobathyal fishes of the tropical and subtropical waters of the Indian Ocean. Journal of Ichthyology, 27 (2): 37-46

GUSHCHIN, A.V. & SUKHOVERSHIN, V.V. & KONOVALENKO, I.I. & SUKHORUKOVA, V.S. 1987 On the capture of the polar shark genus Somniosus (Squalidae) in the Southern Hemisphere. Journal of Ichthyology, 27 (1): 115-117

MYAGKOV, N.A. 1987 External structure of the cephalic brain of the pelagic shark, Squaliolus laticaudus. Journal of Ichthyology, 27 (6): 125-127

GUBANOV, E.P. 1988 Morphological characteristics of the requiem shark, Carcharinus obscurus , of the Indian Ocean. Journal of Ichthyology, 28 (6): 68-73

KASHKIN, N.I. 1989 Mesopelagic ichthyofauna of the southwestern Pacific. Journal of Ichthyology, 29 (3): 116-127, tabs 1-4

BERESTOVSKIY, E.G. 1990 Feeding in the skates, Raja radiata and Raja fyllae, in the Barents and Norwegian seas. Journal of Ichthyology, 29 (8): 88-96

MANILO, L.G. 1993 New reports of fish on the shelf and upper slope of the Western Indian Ocean. Journal of Ichthyology, 33 (1): 128-136

BLAGODEROV, A.I. 1994 Seasonal distribution and some notes on the biology of salmon shark (Lamna ditropis) in the northwestern Pacific Ocean. Journal of Ichthyology, 34 (2): 115-121, figs 1-2, table

SAVELEV, S.V. & CHERNIKOV, V.P. 1994 The oceanic whitetip shark, Carcharhinus longimanus, and its use of aerial olfaction in search for food. Journal of Ichthyology, 34 (6): 38-47

PSHENICHNOV, L.K. 1997 A new record for subantarctic fish fauna species of shark Squalus acanthias (Squalidae). Journal of Ichthyology, 37 (8): 678-679

SOKOLOVSKAYA, T.G. & SOKOLOVSKII, A.S. & SOBOLEVSKII, E.I. 1998 A list of fishes of Peter the Great Bay (the Sea of Japan). Journal of Ichthyology, 38 (1): 1-11

NOVIKOV, N.P. 2002 Ecology of the ratfish Hydrolagus africanus (Gilchrist) from the Madagascar and Mozambique submarine ridges. Journal of Ichthyology, 42 (3): 271-274


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



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New described species/Taxonomic News:



LEDER, R.M. (2015): Fossile Reste von Selachiern und Chimaeren aus dem Muschelschluff und Phosphoritknollenhorizont von Zwenkau bei Leipzig. [Fossil remains of selachiens and chimaera from the Muschelschluff and Phosphoritknollenhorizont of Zwenkau near Leipzig]. Geologica Saxonia, 61 (1): 73 – 90
New genera: Arnomobula
New species: Argoubia arnoldmülleri, Arnomobula eythrai, Scyliorhinus kannenbergi
Abstract: Fossil remains of selachiens and chimaera from the Muschelschluff and Phosphoritknollenhorizont (Böhlen-Formation) of Zwenkau near Leipzig were described. The findings comprise new taxa or taxa that for the appropriate strata very rare are. Beside the new described genus Arnomobula gen. nov., the mobuloid rays Arnomobula eythrai gen. et spec. nov. and Argoubia arnoldmülleri spec. nov. as well as the scyliorhinid sharkScyliorhinus kannenbergi spec. nov. were described and verified as new species. As type horizons the Phosphoritknollenhorizont and Muschelschluff were determined. Beside the first description of oral teeth of the saw shark Pristiophorus rupeliensis Steuerbaut & Herman 1987 for the fossil site further pretty rare rostral teeth of the species as well as a fragment of the palatinal tooth plate of Chimaera gosseleti Winkler 1880 could be described. The fossil samples mirror the faunal progress in a marginal sea at the maximum transgression of the North Sea.

ANDREEV, P.S. & COATES, M.I. & SHELTON, R.M. & COOPER, P.R. & SMITH, M.P. & SANSOM, I.J. (2015): Upper Ordovician chondrichthyan-like scales from North America.Palaeontology, in press
New Order: Altholepidiformes
New family: Tezakidae, Altholepididae
New genera: Tezakia, Canyonlepis
New species: Tezakia hardingensis, Canyonlepis smithae
Abstract: Studies of Ordovician micromeric fish scales from the Sandbian of North America have identified a number of scale-based taxa potentially referable to the chondrichthyans and therefore can be among the stratigraphically oldest representatives of the clade described to date. Two of these, Tezakia hardingensis gen. et sp. nov. and Canyonlepis smithae gen. et sp. nov., are formally described herein. Tezakia gen. nov. scales are composed exclusively of tubular dentine and possess polyodontocomplex crowns with a characteristically large primordial odontode. Similar scale crown architecture has been reported only in the reputed chondrichthyan Altholepis composita (Lower Devonian of Podolia, Ukraine), and on these grounds, the two are united within the newly erected Altholepidiformes ordo nov. Multiple odontocomplexes are also a feature of Canyonlepis gen. nov. scale crowns; however, the latter do not demonstrate prominent primordial odontodes and are supported by a base composed of acellular bone. Additional data suggest that both taxa possess a combination of characteristics (areal crown growth, scale symmetry, linear odontocomplex architecture and absence of enamel, osteons, cancellous bone and hard-tissue resorption) previously documented to occur only in chondrichthyan scales. This study contributes to a growing body of evidence that reveals the presence of diverse tissue types (bone, tubular and atubular dentine) and morphogenetic patterns (odontocomplex and non-odontocomplex type of scale crown growth) in the dermal skeleton of putative Ordovician chondrichthyans.
ROELOFS, B. & PLAYTON, T. & BARHAM, M. & TRINAJSTIC, K. (2015): Upper Devonian microvertebrates from the Canning Basin, Western Australia. Acta Geologica Polonica, 65 (1): 69-100
New species: Diademodus dominicus
Abstract: A diverse microvertebrate fauna is described from the Virgin Hills and Napier formations, Bugle Gap Limestone Canning Basin, Western Australia. Measured sections at Horse Spring and Casey Falls (Virgin Hills Formation) and South Oscar Range (Napier Formation) comprise proximal to distal slope carbonates ranging in age from the Late Devonian Frasnian to middle Famennian. A total of 18 chondrichthyan taxa are identified based on teeth, including the first record of Thrinacodus tranquillus, Cladoides wildungensis, Protacrodus serra and Lissodus lusavorichi from the Canning Basin. A new species,Diademodus dominicus sp. nov. is also described and provides the first record of this genus outside of Laurussia. In addition, the upper range of Australolepis seddoni has been extended to Late Devonian conodont Zone 11, making it the youngest known occurrence for this species. The Virgin Hills and Napier formations microvertebrate faunas show close affinities to faunas recovered from other areas of Gondwana, including eastern Australia, Iran, Morocco and South China, which is consistent with known conodont and trilobite faunas of the same age.



WEIGMANN, S. & STEHMANN, M.F.W. & THIEL, R. (2015): Okamejei ornata n. sp., a new deep-water skate (Elasmobranchii, Rajidae) from the northwestern Indian Ocean off Socotra Islands. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 115: 18-29
New species: Okamejei ornata
Abstract: A new species of the Indo-Pacific skate genus Okamejei is described based on 10 specimens caught around the Socotra Islands (northwestern Indian Ocean). The type series of Okamejei ornata n. sp. was sampled during cruise 17 of RV ‘Vityaz’ along the deep western Indian Ocean in 1988/89. The new species represents the fifth species of Okamejeiin the western Indian Ocean and differs from its congeners in having a unique dorsal pattern of variable dark brown spots encircled with beige pigment and arranged into rosettes. The dorsal ground color is ocher, but the anterior snout is dusky. Compared to congeners in the western Indian Ocean, the new species has a shorter preorbital snout length, a greater orbit diameter, fewer pectoral radials, an intermediate distance between first gill slits, and an intermediate number of upper jaw tooth rows.


WHITE, W.T. & KAWAUCHI, J. & CORRIGAN, S. & ROCHEL, E. & NAYLOR, G.J.P. (2015): Redescription of the eagle rays Myliobatis hamlyni Ogilby, 1911 and M. tobijeiBleeker, 1854 (Myliobatiformes: Myliobatidae) from the East Indo-West Pacific. Zootaxa, 3948 (3): 521–548
Abstract: The eagle rays Myliobatis hamlyni Ogilby, 1911 and Myliobatis tobijei Bleeker, 1854 are redescribed based on museum specimens and new material from Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Japan. These two species are closely related toMyliobatis aquila (L.) from the eastern Atlantic and can be distinguished from each other by a combination of their coloration, meristics, depth preferences and subtle morphometric characters. Myliobatis hamlyni was previously con-sidered to be an Australian endemic, but its distribution is herein extended northward to Taiwan and Okinawa. Myliobatis tobijei was considered to occur southwards from Japan to Indonesia, but its distribution is herein restricted to the western North Pacific, primarily Japan.


image credit by the authors (Scanning electron micrographs of Acanthobothrium janineae sp. n. from Rhynchobatus cf. djiddensis 1, Scolex)

MALEKI, L. & MALEK, M. & PALM, H.W. (2015): Four new species of Acanthobothriumvan Benden, 1850 (Cestoda: Onchoproteocephalidea) from the guitarfish, Rhynchobatus cf.djiddensis (Elasmobranchii: Rhynchobatidae), from the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman. Folia Parasitologica, 62: 012
New species: Acanthobothrium janineae, Acanthobothrium fylerae, Acanthobothrium asrinae, Acanthobothrium jamesi
Abstract: Four new species of Acanthobothrium van Beneden, 1850 are described from guitarfish, Rhynchobatus cf. djiddensis (Forsskål), collected from the Gulf of Oman and Persian Gulf. Acanthobothrium janineae sp. n., a category 1 species, differs from all congeners in category 1 by having a long vagina extending into the vas deferens and different, proglottid and testis number except Acanthobothrium hypermekkolpos Fyler et Caira, 2010. Acanthobothrium fylerae sp. n., a category 1 species, can be differentiated by a combination of characters including the total length, proglottid and testis number, cirrus sac shape, and the length of the vagina and ovarian lobes. Both new species are similar to A. hypermekkolpos reported from Rhynchobatus laevis (Bloch et Schneider) from Australia in their scolex proper length, hook size and muscular pad, respectively. Acanthobothrium asrinae sp. n., a category 1 species, differs from other category 1 species by the shape of its hooks and the position of the tubercle at the mid-length of the axial prongs; in this respect it resembles A. bartonae Campbell et Beveridge, 2002 reported from Australia.Acanthobothrium jamesi sp. n. is among six category 1 species with post-ovarian testes. It differs from these species by total length, proglottid and testis number and the extension of the ovarian lobes. Although it is thought that R. djiddensis occurs in the region, the identities of the hosts of the newly described Acanthobothrium species await verification. There are two forms of host in the region and were designated as R. cf. djiddensis 1 and R. cf. djiddensis 2. More taxonomic work and the use of molecular techniques are needed to resolve the true identity of the host species.

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ALMOJIL, D.K. & MOORE, A.B.M. & WHITE, W.T. (2015) Sharks & Rays of the Arabian/Persian Gulf. MBG (INT) Ltd., 178 pages, colour & b/w photos, colour & b/w illustrations, 1 colour map  
APPS, K. & LLOYD, D. & DIMMOCK, K. (2015) Scuba diving with the grey nurse shark (Carcharias taurus): an application of the theory of planned behaviour to identify divers beliefs. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 25 (2): 201-211
AZRI, A. & AZRI, T. (2015) Bycatch and landings of young of the year sharks in the Malaysian South China Sea: implications for conservation. Marine Biodiversity Records, 8: e68 http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1755267215000561
BALAKRISHNAN, S. & SELVAM, R. & SUNDAR, K. & CHITTIBABU, S. & RAMAMOORTHY, U. & KANNAN, C.B.N. (2015) Studies on Calcification Efficacy of Stingray Fish Skin Collagen for Possible Use as Scaffold for Bone Regeneration.Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, 12 (2): 98-106http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13770-014-0075-y
CHEN, X. & KYNE, P.M. & PILLANS, R.D. & FEUTRY, P. (2015) Complete mitochondrial genome of the Endangered Narrow Sawfish Anoxypristis cuspidata (Rajiformes: Pristidae). Mitochondrial DNA, in press  http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/19401736.2014.1003898
CHEN, X. & LIU, M. & XIANG, D. & AI, W. (2015) Complete mitochondrial genome of the Japanese wobbegong Orectolobus japonicus (Orectolobiformes: Orectolobidae).Mitochondrial DNA, 26 (1): 153-154 http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/19401736.2013.819499
CHEN, X. & WILEY, T.R. & KYNE, P.M. & FEUTRY, P. (2015) Complete mitochondrial genome of the Critically Endangered Smalltooth Sawfish Pristis pectinata (Rajiformes: Pristidae). Mitochondrial DNA, in press  http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/19401736.2015.1018208
COLLOCA, F. & GAROFALO, G. & BITETTO, I. & FACCHINI, M.T. & GRATI, F. & MARTIRADONNA, A. & MASTRANTONIO, G. &NIKOLIOUDAKIS, N. & ORDINAS, F. & SCARCELLA, G. & TSERPES, G. & PILAR TUGORES, M. & VALAVANIS, V. & CARLUCCI, R. & FIORENTINO, F. & FOLLESA, M.C. & IGLESIAS, M. & KNITTWEIS, L. & LEFKADITOU, E. & LEMBO, G. & MANFREDI, C. & MASSUTI, E. & PACE, M.L. & PAPADOPOULOU, N. & SARTOR, P. & SMITH, C.J. & SPEDICATO, M.T. (2015) The Seascape of Demersal Fish Nursery Areas in the North Mediterranean Sea, a First Step Towards the Implementation of Spatial Planning for Trawl Fisheries. Plos One, 10 (3):  http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0119590
COMFORT, C.M. & WENIG, K.C. (2015) Vertical habitat and behaviour of the bluntnose sixgill shark in Hawaii. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 115: 116–126 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2014.04.005
CORN, K. & BRASH, J. & FARINA, S. & SUMMERS, A. (2015) Jawzall: Effects of Shark Tooth Morphology and Repeated Use on Cutting. Abstract Integrative and Comparative Biology, 55: E238
CRAWFORD, C.H. & NAYLOR, G.J.P. (2015) Skeletal Anatomy in the Chondrichthyan Tree of Life. Abstract Integrative and Comparative Biology, 55: E241
CROSS, H. (2015) Elasmobranch capture by commercial small-scale fisheries in the Bijagós Archipelago, Guinea Bissau. Fisheries Research, 168: 105–108http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fishres.2015.03.018
CULLEN, J.A. & MARSHALL, C.D. (2015) A Preliminary Analysis of Ontogenetic Scaling of Bite Performance Within Three Species of Texas Sharks. AbstractIntegrative and Comparative Biology, 55: E242
DAVIDSON, L.N.K. & KRAWCHUK, M.A. & DULVY, N.K. (2015) Why have global shark and ray landings declined: improved management or overfishing? Fish and Fisheries, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/faf.12119
DAVY, L.E. & SIMPFENDORFER, C.A. & HEUPEL, M.R. (2015) Movement patterns and habitat use of juvenile mangrove whiprays (Himantura granulata). Marine and Freshwater Research, 66 (6): 481-492  http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF14028
DICKEN, M.L. & KOCK, A.A. & HARDENBERG, M. (2015) First observations of dusky sharks (Carcharhinus obscurus) attacking a humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) calf. Marine and Freshwater Research, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF14317
DO CARMO, W.P.D. & BORNATOWSKI, H. & OLIVEIRA, E.C. & FÁVARO, L.L. (2015) Diet of the chola guitarfish, Rhinobatos percellens (Rhinobatidae), in the Paranaguá Estuarine complex. Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências,  in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/0001-3765201520140121
DURÁN, A.C. & LÓPEZ-UNZU, M.A. & RODRÍGUEZ, C. & FERNÁNDEZ, B. & LORENZALE, M. & LINARES, A. & SALMERÓN, F. & SANS-COMA, V. (2015)Structure and vascularization of the ventricular myocardium in Holocephali: their evolutionary significance. Journal of Anatomy, 226 (6): 501–510http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/joa.12317
ERGÜDEN, D. & GÜRLEK, M. & TURAN, C. (2015) Occurrence of the Thresher Alopias vulpinus (Bonnaterre, 1788) from the Northeastern Mediterranean coast of Turkey. Biharean Biologist, 9 (1): 141209
ERIKSSON, H. & CLARKE, S. (2015) Chinese market responses to overexploitation of sharks and sea cucumbers. Biological Conservation, 184: 163-173
ESPINOZA, M. & MUNROE, S.E.M. & CLARKE, T.M. & FISK, A.T. & WEHRTMANN, I.S. (2015) Feeding ecology of common demersal elasmobranch species in the Pacific coast of Costa Rica inferred from stable isotope and stomach content analyses. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 470: 12-25 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jembe.2015.04.021
FERNANDO, D. & PERERA, N. & EBERT, D.A. (2015) First record of the megamouth shark, Megachasma pelagios, (Chondrichthyes: Lamniformes: Megachasmidae) from Sri Lanka, northern Indian Ocean. Marine Biodiversity Records, 8: e75 http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1755267215000512
FINOTTO, L. & GRISTINA, M. & GAROFALO, G. & RIGINELLA, E. & MAZZOLDI, C. (2015) Contrasting life history and reproductive traits in two populations of Scyliorhinus canicula. Marine Biology, 162 (6): 1175-1186  http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00227-015-2659-z
GALLAGHER, A.J. & HAMMERSCHLAG, N. (2015) Urbanized sharks are happier than their rural counterparts. Abstract Integrative and Comparative Biology, 55: E62http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/icb/icv011
GALLAGHER, A.J. & VIANNA, G.M.S. & PAPASTAMATIOU, Y.P. & MACDONALD, C. & GUTTRIDGE, T.L. & HAMMERSCHLAG, N. (2015) Biological effects, conservation potential, and research priorities of shark diving tourism.Biological Conservation, 184: 365–379 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2015.02.007
GARCIA, D.E. & DRAZEN, J.C. & WENG, K.C. & DICKSON, K.D. (2015) Metabolic Enzymes Activities in the fast-glycolytic locomotor muscle of Shark Species representing a Broad Range of Depths and Activity Levels. Abstract Integrative and Comparative Biology, 55: E259
GARDINER, J. (2015) Finding food, finding home: the chemical ecology of sharks. Abstract Integrative and Comparative Biology, 55: E63 http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/icb/icv011
GEWIN, V. (2015) Shark-diving tourism: conservation boon or bane? Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 13 (3): 125 http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/1540-9295-13.3.124
GUBILI, C. & ROBINSON, C.E.C. & CLIFF, G. & WINTNER, S.P. & DE SABATA, E. & DE INNOCENTIIS, S. & CANESE, S. & SIMS, D.W. & MARTIN, A.P. & NOBLE, L.R. & JONES, C.S. (2015) DNA from historical and trophy samples provides insights into white shark population origins and genetic diversity. Endangered Species Research, 27: 233–241 http://dx.doi.org/10.3354/esr00665
HACOHEN-DOMENÉ, A. & MARTÍNEZ-RINCÓN, R.O. & GALVÁN-MAGAÑA, F. & CÁRDENAS-PALOMO, N. & DE LA PARRA-VENEGAS, R. & GALVÁN-PASTORIZA, B. & DOVE, A.D. (2015) Habitat suitability and environmental factors affecting whale shark (Rhincodon typus) aggregations in the Mexican Caribbean.Environmental Biology of Fishes, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10641-015-0413-5
HAN, G.Z. (2015) Extensive retroviral diversity in shark. Retrovirology, 12 (1): 34http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12977-015-0158-4
HAN, G.-Z. (2015) Extensive retroviral diversity in shark. Retrovirology, 12: 34http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12977-015-0158-4
HARRIS, L.L. & BEDORE, C.N. & KAJIURA, S.M. (2015) Electroreception in the obligate freshwater stingray, Potamotrygon motoro. Marine and Freshwater Research, in press  http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF14354
HART, H. & EVANS, A. & GELSLEICHTER, J. & AHEARN, G. (2015) Molecular identification and functional characteristics of peptide transporter 1 in the bonnethead shark (Sphyrna tiburo). Abstract Integrative and Comparative Biology, 55: E271
HEINRICH, D.D.U. & WATSON, S.-A.  & RUMMER, J.L. & BRANDL, S.J. & SIMPFENDORFER, C.A. & HEUPEL, M.R. & MUNDAY, P.L. (2015) Foraging behaviour of the epaulette shark Hemiscyllium ocellatum is not affected by elevated CO2. ICES Journal of Marine Science, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/icesjms/fsv085
HUSSEY, N.E. & MACNEIL, M.A. & SIPLE, M.C. & POPP, B. & DULDEY, S.F.J. & FISK, A. (2015) Expanded trophic complexity among large sharks. Food Webs, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fooweb.2015.04.002
IKEDA, A. & ICHINO, H. & KIGUCHIYA, S. &  CHIGWECHOKHA, P. & KOMATSU, M. & SHIOZAKI, K. (2015) Evaluation and Identification of Potent Angiotensin-I Converting Enzyme Inhibitory Peptide Derived from Dwarf Gulper Shark (Centrophorus atromarginatus). Journal of Food Processing and Preservation, 39 (2): 107-115 http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jfpp.12210
JAITEHA, V.F. & MOMIGLIANO, P. (2015) New distribution records of the Vulnerable fossil shark Hemipristis elongata from eastern Indonesia call for improved fisheries management. Marine Biodiversity Records, 8: e79 http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1755267215000548
JEONG, D. & LEE, Y.-H. (2015) The complete mitochondrial genome of the Longnose skate: Raja rhina (Rajiformes, Rajidae). Mitochondrial DNA, 26 (1): 123-124http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/19401736.2013.814113
KABASAKALA, H. & KARHAN, S.Ü. (2015) Shark biodiversity in the Sea of Marmara: departures and arrivals over a century. Marine Biodiversity Records, 8: e59http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1755267215000342
KAI, M. & SHIOZAKI, K. & OHSHIMO, S. & YOKAWA, K. (2015) Growth and spatiotemporal distribution of juvenile shortfin mako (Isurus oxyrinchus) in the western and central North Pacific. Marine and Freshwater Research, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF14316
KAJIURA, S.M. & TELLMAN, S.L. (2015) Quantification of Massive Seasonal Shark Aggregations. Abstract Integrative and Comparative Biology, 55: E92http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/icb/icv011
KEMPSTER, R.M. & EGEBERG, C.A. & HART, N.S. & COLLIN, S.P. (2015)Electrosensory-driven feeding behaviours of the Port Jackson shark (Heterodontus portusjacksoni) and western shovelnose ray (Aptychotrema vincentiana). Marine and Freshwater Research, in press  http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF14245
KRAUSE, J. & CROFT, D.P. & WILSON, A.D.M. (2015) The network approach in teleost fishes and elasmobranchs. In: Animal Social Networks: 150-159
LEBEL, E. & CLOUTIER, R. (2015) How to Split a Spine: Insights on the Chondrichthyan Condition of Axial Regionalization. Abstract Integrative and Comparative Biology, 55: E291
LEDEE, E.J.I. & HEUPEL, M.R. & TOBIN, A.J. & KNIP, D.M. & SIMPFENDORFER, C.A. (2015) A comparison between traditional kernel-based methods and network analysis: an example from two nearshore shark species. Animal Behaviour, 103: 17-28
LEE, H.K. & KIM, S.J. & JEONG, Y. & LEE, S. & JEONG, W. & LEE, W.C. & CHOY, E.J. & KANG, C.K. & MOON, H.B. (2015) Polybrominated diphenyl ethers in thirteen shark species from offshore and coastal waters of Korea. Marine Pollution Bulletin, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2015.04.018
LI, Y. & WANG, W. & CHENG, D. & WANG, T. & LU, C. & CHEN, J. & NIE, Z. & ZHANG, W. & LV, Z. & WU, W. & SHU, J. (2015) A New Member of the TBC1D15 Family from Chiloscyllium plagiosum: Rab GTPase-Activating Protein Based on Rab7 as a Substrate. Marine Drugs, 13 (5): 2955-2966  http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/md13052955
LYONS, K. & LOWE, C.G. (2015) Organochlorine contaminants and maternal offloading in the lecithotrophic Pacific angel shark (Squatina californica) collected from southern California. Marine Pollution Bulletin, in press  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2015.05.019
LYONS, K. & PRETI, A. & MADIGAN, D.J. & WELLS, R.J.D. & BLASIUS, M.E. & SNODGRASS, O.E. & KACEV, D. & HARRIS, J.D. & DEWAR, H. & KOHIN, S. & MACKENZIE, K. & LOWE, C.G. (2015) Insights into the life history and ecology of a large shortfin mako shark Isurus oxyrinchus captured in southern California. Journal of Fish Biology, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jfb.12709
MARCELA, V. & DE ANDA-MONTAÑEZ, J.A. & GALVÁN-MAGAÑA, F. & ZENTENO-SAVIN, T. (2015) Comparative study of enzymatic antioxidants in muscle of elasmobranch and teleost fishes. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cbpa.2015.04.014
MCALLISTER, J.D. & BARNETT, A. & LYLE, J.M. & SEMMENS, J.M. (2015)Examining the functional role of current area closures used for the conservation of an overexploited and highly mobile fishery species. ICES Journal of Marine Science, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/icesjms/fsv079
MOMIGLIANOA, P. & JAITEH, V.F. (2015) First records of the grey nurse shark Carcharias taurus (Lamniformes: Odontaspididae) from oceanic coral reefs in the Timor Sea. Marine Biodiversity Records, 8: e56 http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1755267215000354
MORGAN, D.L. & ALLEN, M.G. & EBNER, B.C. & WHITTY, J.M. & BEATTY, S.J. (2015) Discovery of a pupping site and nursery for critically endangered green sawfish Pristis zijsron. Journal of Fish Biology, 86 (5): 1658–1663 http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jfb.12668
MOURA, T. & SILVA, M.C. & FIGUEIREDO, I. (2015) Barcoding deep-water chondrichthyans from mainland Portugal. Marine and Freshwater Research, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF14095
MUNROE, S.E.M. & SIMPFENDORFER, C.A. & MOLONEY, J. & HEUPEL, M.R. (2015) Nearshore movement ecology of a medium-bodied shark, the creek whaler Carcharhinus fitzroyensis. Animal Biotelemetry, 3: 10  http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s40317-015-0026-y
NEWTON, K.C. & WRAITH, J. & DICKSON, K.A. (2015) Digestive enzyme activities are higher in the shortfin mako shark, Isurus oxyrinchus, than in ectothermic sharks as a result of visceral endothermy. Fish Physiology and Biochemistry, in presshttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10695-015-0055-8
NIJMAN, V. (2015) Targeted shark fisheries, DNA barcoding and regulating shark fin trade in Indonesia. Fisheries Research, 168: 33–34 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fishres.2015.03.016
O'SHAUGHNESSY, K.L. & DAHN, R.D. & COHN, M.J. (2015) Development of chondrichthyan claspers and the evolution of copulatory organs. Abstract Integrative and Comparative Biology, 55: E135 http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/icb/icv011
OZY & LMAZ, A. & OKSUZ, A. (2015) Determination of the biochemical properties of liver oil from selected cartilaginous fish living in the Northeastern Mediterranean.Journal of Animal and Plant Sciences, 25 (1): 160-167
PORCU, C. & BELLODI, A. & CANNAS, R. & MARONGIU, M.F. & MULAS, A. & FOLLESA, M.C. (2015) Life-history traits of the commercial blonde ray, Raja brachyura, from the central-western Mediterranean Sea. Mediterranean Marine Science, 16 (1): 90-102 http://dx.doi.org/10.12681/mms.898
RYAN, L.A. & MEEUWIG, J.J. & HEMMI, J.M. & COLLIN, S.P. & HART, N.S. (2015)It is not just size that matters: shark cruising speeds are species-specific. Marine Biology, 162 (6): 1307-1318  http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00227-015-2670-4
SANTOS-DURAN, G.N. & MENUET, A. & LAGADEC, R. & MAYEUR, H. & FERREIRO-GALVE, S. & MAZAN, S. & RODRIGUEZ-MOLDES, I. & CANDAL, E. (2015) Prosomeric organization of the hypothalamus in an elasmobranch, the catshark Scyliorhinus canicula. Frontiers in Neuroanatomy, 9: 37 http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fnana.2015.00037
SANTOS-DURÁN, G.N. & MENUET, A. & LAGADEC, R. & MAYEUR, H. & FERREIRO-GALVE, S. & MAZAN, S. & RODRÍGUEZ-MOLDES, I. & CANDAL, E. (2015) Prosomeric organization of the hypothalamus in an elasmobranch, the catshark Scyliorhinus canicula. Front Neuroanat, 9: 37 http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fnana.2015.00037
SCOTT, B. & WILGA, C. (2015) Bamboo shark as an extant analogue for locomotion of a primitive agnathan based on morphology. Abstract Integrative and Comparative Biology, 55: E327
SILVA-MARIA, L. & OLIVEIRA, M.I.B. & COSTA, O.T.F. & DUNCAN, W.L.P. (2015)Organ asymmetry: An analysis of correspondence between quantity and functionality in the reproductive organs of female freshwater stingrays (Potamotrygonidae: Elasmobranchii). Abstract Integrative and Comparative Biology, 55: E167http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/icb/icv011
SPAET, J.L.Y. & JABADO, R.W. & HENDERSON, A.C. & MOORE, A.B.M. & BERUMEN, M.L. (2015) Population genetics of four heavily exploited shark species around the Arabian Peninsula. Ecology and Evolution, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ece3.1515
SPEED, C.W. & MEEKAN, M.G. & FIELD, I.C. & MCMAHON, C.R. & HARCOURT, R.G. & STEVENS, J.D. (2015) Reef shark movements relative to a coastal marine protected area. Regional Studies in Marine Science, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rsma.2015.05.002
STEHMANN, M. & KUKUEV, E.I. (2015) Two southeastern Atlantic records of the rare largetooth cookie-cutter shark, Isistius plutodus (Selachii, Squaliformes, Dalatiidae). Cybium, 39 (2): 73-77  
TOLOTTI, M.T. & FILMALTER, J.D. & BACH, P. & TRAVASSOS, P. & SERÉT, B. & DAGORN, L. (2015) Banning is not enough: The complexities of oceanic shark management by tuna regional fisheries management organizations. Global Ecology and Conservation, in press  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gecco.2015.05.003
TORREZ, P.P.Q. & QUIROGA, M.M. & SAID, R. & ABATI, P.A.M. & FRANCA, F.O.S. (2015) Tetanus after envenomations caused by freshwater stingrays. Toxicon, 97: 32-35 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.toxicon.2014.12.001
TSIKLIRAS, A.C. & STERGIOU, K.I. (2015) Age at maturity of Mediterranean marine fishes. Mediterranean Marine Science, 16 (1): 5-20 http://dx.doi.org/10.12681/mms.659
VAN DER VYVER, J.S.F. & DE BRUYN, P.J.N. & LIPINSKI, M.R. & LESLIE, R.W. (2015) First record of a porbeagle shark Lamna nasus (Bonnaterre, 1788) stranding at sub-Antarctic Marion Island. Marine Biodiversity Records, 8: e67 jhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1755267215000500
WAKIDA-KUSUNOKI, A.T. (2015) First record of total albinism in southern stingray Dasyatis americana. Revista De Biologia Marina y Oceanografia, 50 (1): 135-138
WATANABE, Y.Y. & GOLDMAN, K.J. & CASELLE, J.E. & CHAPMAN, D.D. & PAPASTAMATIOU, Y.P. (2015) Comparative analyses of animal-tracking data reveal ecological significance of endothermy in fishes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1500316112
WEIGMANN, S. & STEHMANN, M. & THIEL, R. (2015) Okamejei ornata n. sp., a new deep-water skate (Elasmobranchii, Rajidae) from the northwestern Indian Ocean off Socotra Islands. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 115: 18-29 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2013.09.005
WEN, L. & THORNYCROFT, P.J.M. & WEAVER, J.C. & LAUDER, G.V. (2015)Hydrodynamic function of biomimetic shark skin: effect of denticle pattern and spacing. Abstract Integrative and Comparative Biology, 55: E196 http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/icb/icv011
WILGA, C. & SCOTT, B. & SUMMERS, A. (2015) Stiffness in the Jaws and Hyoid Arch of Sharks. Abstract Integrative and Comparative Biology, 55: E199http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/icb/icv011

Extinct Chondrichthyes:

ANDREEV, P.S. & COATES, M.I. & SHELTON, R.M. & COOPER, P.R. & SMITH, M.P. & SANSOM, I.J.  (2015) Upper Ordovician chondrichthyan-like scales from North America. Palaeontology, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/pala.12167
BRIGNON, A. (2015) Faujas de Saint-Fond, Reinwardt, Cuvier et les poissons fossiles du Crétacé de la « Montagne Saint-Pierre » de Maastricht (Pays-Bas). [Faujas de Saint-Fond, Reinwardt, Cuvier and the fossil fishes from the Cretaceous of Sint Pietersberg of Maastricht (The Netherlands).] Geodiversitas, 37 (1): 59-77http://dx.doi.org/10.5252/g2015n1a3
CARPENTER, D.K. & FALCON-LANG, H.J. & BENTON, M.J. & GREY, M. (2015)Early Pennsylvanian (Langsettian) fish assemblages from the Joggins Formation, Canada, and their implications for palaeoecology and palaeogeography. Palaeontology, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/pala.12164
HOGANSON, J.W. & ERICKSON, M. & EVERHART, M.J. (2015) Ischyodus rayhaasi (Chimaeroidei; Callorhynchidae) from the Campanian-Maastrichtian Fox Hills Formation of Northeastern Colorado, USA. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science, 118 (1-2): 27-40 http://dx.doi.org/10.1660/062.118.0104
HUNT, A.P. & LUCAS, S.G. & MILÀN, J. & LICHTIG, A.J. & JAGT, J.W.M. (2015)Vertebrate coprolites from cretaceous chalk in Europe and North America and the shark surplus paradox. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin, 67: 63-68
ITANO, W.M. (2015) An abraded tooth of Edestus (Chondrichthyes, Eugeneodontiformes): Evidence for a unique mode of predation. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science, 118 (1-2): 1-9  
LEDER, R.M. (2015) Morphometrische Analyse der Kieferbezahnung fossiler wie rezenter carcharhinider Selachier. PhD Thesis, University of Leipzig  
LEDER, R.M. (2015) Fossile Reste von Selachiern und Chimaeren aus dem Muschelschluff und Phosphoritknollenhorizont von Zwenkau bei Leipzig. [Fossil remains of selachiens and chimaera from the Muschelschluff and Phosphoritknollenhorizont of Zwenkau near Leipzig]. Geologica Saxonia, 61 (1): 73 – 90
ROELOFS, B. & PLAYTON, T. & BARHAM, M. & TRINAJSTIC, K. (2015) Upper Devonian microvertebrates from the Canning Basin, Western Australia. Acta Geologica Polonica, 65 (1): 69-100
VERMA, O. (2015) Cretaceous vertebrate fauna of the Cauvery Basin, southern India: Palaeodiversity and palaeobiogeographic implications. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, online first http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2015.04.021


CADWALLADER, H.F. & TURNER, J.R. & OLIVER, S.P. (2015) Cleaner wrasse forage on ectoparasitic digeneans (phylum Platyhelminthes) that infect pelagic thresher sharks (Alopias pelagicus). Marine Biodiversity, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12526-014-0290-8
DIPPENAAR, S.M. & JORDAAN, A. (2015) How females of Achtheinus spp. (Pandaridae: Siphonostomatoida) attach to their elasmobranch hosts with notes on their effects on the hosts' fins. Folia Parasitologica, 62: 005  http://dx.doi.org/10.14411/fp.2015.005
MALEKI, L. & MALEK, M. & PALM, H.W. (2015) Four new species of Acanthobothrium van Benden, 1850(Cestoda: Onchoproteocephalidea) from the guitarfish, Rhynchobatus cf. djiddensis (Elasmobranchii: Rhynchobatidae), from the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman. Folia Parasitologica, 62: 012 http://dx.doi.org/10.14411/fp.2015.012


Fossil Fish Sliced Prey With Bizarre Jaws
Photo by Brian Switek.

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