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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016 to everybody!

At the moment we are preparing the "Papers of the Year 2015" list, all authors: please check if spelling and number of publications are correct:


New images at shark-references:

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  • Dr. Julia Spät, Red Sea Research Center, Division of Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, SAUDI ARABIA for the impressive image of the Pink Whipray Himantura fai JORDAN & SEALE, 1906

Missing papers:

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Paleontological Papers  (newly added)

BROUGH, J. (1935) : On the structure and relationships of the Hybodont sharks. Memoirs and Proceedings of the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society, 79: 35-49, 1 fig., 3 pl.

DE ALESSANDRI, D. (1910) : Studii sui pesci triasici della Lombardia. Mem. Soc. Sci. Nat., Milano, 7 : 1-145.

ERASMO, G.D. (1960) : Nuovi avanzi ittiolitici della «Série di Lugh» in Somalia conservati nel Museo geologico di Firenze. Palaeontographia Italica, 55: 1-23.

KRIWET, J. (2008) : A new species of extinct bullhead sharks, Paracestracion viohli sp. nov. (Neoselachii, Heterodontiformes), from the Upper Jurassic of South Germany. Ichthyolith Issues, Special Publication 11: 12.

MOSS, M.L. (1970) : Enamel and bone in shark teeth: With a note on fibrous enamel in fishes. Acta Anatomica, 77: 161-187.

REIF, W.-E. (1974) : Teeth and dermal denticles of Heterodontus falcifer (Upper Jurassic) and Heterodontus japonicus (Recent). Annual Report of the Keikyu Aburatsubo Marine Park Aquarium 5,6: 16-20.

STENSIÖ, E.A. (1932) : Triassic fishes from Seast Greenland collected by the Danish expeditions in 1929-1931. Meddelelser om Grønland, 83 (3): 1-305, 94 fig., 39 tagl.

WHITE, E.I. (1968) : Devonian fishes of the Mawson-Mulock area, Victoria Land, Antarctica. Trans-Antarctic Exp. 1955-1958, Scient. Rep. no. 16, Geol., 5: 1-26.


Acta Zoologica (Stockholm)

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


Bulletin du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Upcoming Meetings:


The IWSC4 website is now live at http://www.iwsc4.com/, and registration and abstracts are being accepted online for oral and poster sessions.  The deadline for abstract submission is January 15, 2016.  Additional details can be found on the website, along with a printable meeting poster (poster attached here as well).
This international gathering of whale shark scientists, conservationists and decision-makers will feature the most recent advances in research, conservation and management of whale sharks globally.  The meeting will further highlight research on whale shark populations in the Arabian Gulf.  The conference will integrate six themes: 1) Growth and Reproduction, 2) Behavior and Ecology; 3) Physiology; 4) Genetics; 5) Wildlife Tourism; and 6) Threats and Management.  Meeting proceedings will be published in the peer-reviewed, open access journal Qscience Connect (http://www.qscience.com/loi/connect).

Registration is now open for the IUCN World Conservation Congress, taking place from 1 to 10 September 2016 in Hawaiʻi, U.S.A. Visit the Congress website to register for the event and book your accommodation.

  • SIBIC 2016: VI Iberian Congress of ichthyology. 21.-24. June 2016, Murcia, Spain;a special session will be dedicated to Chondrichthyan research!
    • Registration starting on 1st September 2015
    • Call for abstracts starting on 1st October 2015
    • Abstracts submission deadline: 15th February 2016
    • Early-bird registration fee deadline: 31st March 2016

  • Annual joint meeting of Ichthyologists and herpetologists including the American Elasmobranch Society meeting. 2016: New Orleans, Louisiana, 6.-10. July 2016, New Orleans. Lousiana, USA. http://www.asih.org/meetings

New described species/Taxonomic News:



Vásquez, V.E., Ebert, D.A. & Long, D.J. (2015) Etmopterus benchleyi n. sp., a new lanternshark (Squaliformes: Etmopteridae) from the central eastern Pacific Ocean. Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation 17: 43-55.


A new species of lanternshark, Etmopterus benchleyi n. sp., is described from eight specimens collected off the Pacific coast of Central America at depths ranging between 836 and 1443 meters. The new species is placed in the Etmopterus spinax clade by a lack of flank markings and the moderately short, slender, hook-like, conical dermal denticles distributed over the body. It can be distinguished from its closest congeners based on a combination of coloration, proportional body measurements, meristic counts, arrangement of dermal denticles, and size at maturity. The dorsal fins of the new species are either similar in size or the second dorsal fin is slightly larger than the first vs. the second dorsal fin distinctly larger than the first in E. granulosus, E. princeps, and E. litvinovi. The pre-oral length is shorter in the new species (6.9–9.0% TL) than in its closest congeners, E. granulosus (7.9-11.3% TL) and E. princeps (9-10% TL). The tooth count in the lower jaw is higher in E. benchleyi (30–36) than in E. granulosus (28), but lower than in E. litvinovi (40–50) and E. princeps (40–50). Photophores in E. benchleyi are sparse compared to other etmopterids and difficult to identify due to its uniform black color. This new species is also distinct from other members of the E. spinax clade in having dense concentrations of dermal denticles closely surrounding the eyes and gill openings. E. benchleyi is the only Etmopterus species presently known from the Pacific coast of Central America.


Fossil basking shark of the genusKeasius (Lamniforme, Cetorhindiae) from the boreal North Sea Basin and Upper Rhine Graben: evolution of dental characteristics from the Oligocene to late Middle Miocene and description of two new species. Palaeontos, 28: 60 text-pages (incl. 24 text-figs and 2 tables).
New species: Keasius septemtrionalis, Keasius rhenanus
Abstract: Basking sharks of the extinct genus Keasius Welton, 2013 occurred widespread during the Oligocene and Early to Middle Miocene in marine environments of the North Sea Basin, Upper Rhine Graben, Paratethys and adjacent regions. These sharks were equipped with a gill raker apparatus for filter-feeding (elongate modified denticles attached to the gill arches), and a heterodont dentition suitable for grasping / tearing small-sized prey. We have studied a comprehensive collection of teeth and gill rakers from 45 locations (quarries, borings, temporary excavations) in Rupelian to Serravallian deposits. Two new species are described:Keasius septemtrionalis sp. nov. from the early / middle Chattian Sülstorf Beds, Mecklenburg, northeastern Germany, and Keasius rhenanus sp. nov. from the late Burdigalian Lower Mica Finesand Formation, Lower Saxony, northern Germany. This study allows to document and interprete for the first time variations due to heterodonty in the dental morphology of Keasius parvus (Leriche, 1908) by means of abundant teeth collected from the Rupelian Alzey Formation, Mainz Basin, western Germany, and the Rupelian Boom Clay Formation, northern Belgium. Artificial tooth sets characterized by dignathic and disjunct-monognathic heterodonty,based on the „lamnoid tooth pattern“, are proposed for the three Oligo-Miocene species of Keasius and compared with reconstructed dentitions of the Late EoceneKeasius taylori proposed by Welton (2013).

KOOT, M.B. & CUNY, G. & ORCHARD, M.J. & RICHOZ, S. & HART, M.B. & TWITCHETT, R.J. (2015): New hybodontiform and neoselachian sharks from the Lower Triassic of Oman. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, 13 (10): 891-917
New genus: Safrodus, Polyfaciodus
New species: Omanoselache halli, Safrodus tozeri, Polyfaciodus pandus
Abstract: Elasmobranchs are reported for the first time from Lower Triassic deposits in Oman. The well-preserved remains consist of isolated teeth, dermal denticles and fin spines, recovered from conodont residues. The low-palaeolatitude sections consist of Lopingian–Olenekian shallow and pelagic carbonates in exotics, olistoliths and breccia blocks that have been redeposited in younger allochthonous strata of the Hawasina Basin throughout the Oman Mountains at Jabal Safra (olistoliths within the Jurassic Guwayza Formation, Olenekian), as well as at Wadi Alwa (exotic Alwa Formation, Lopingian–Olenekian) and Wadi Wasit Block (slope breccia in the Al Jil Formation, Induan), both of which occur in the Ba'id region. The recovered fauna contains a small number of pre-existing genera, but is mainly composed of new hybodont and neoselachian taxa. They are identified as:Omanoselache halli Koot & Cuny sp. nov., cf. Omanoselache sp., Safrodus tozeri Koot & Cuny gen. et sp. nov. and Polyfaciodus pandus Koot & Cuny gen. et sp. nov., based on the majority of the recovered dental remains. Spine fragments are identified as cf.Amelacanthus sp. This fauna represents the second published record of neoselachian teeth from the Induan and the most extensive record from the Lower Triassic in terms of abundance and diversity. The fauna is dominated by Neoselachii, whereas other Early Triassic faunas are hybodont-dominated, and histological study of the neoselachian enameloid significantly adds to our knowledge of the early stages of their evolution. All described taxa are new to the Oman fossil record and that of western Neotethys, apart from Omanoselache and Amelacanthus, which have been recognized from Wordian deposits, and Omanoselache is the second genus from Oman known to have survived the late Permian mass extinction. The level of faunal diversity recognized here is comparable to other Early Triassic faunas but is much reduced compared to the Wordian pre-extinctions fauna.

PULIDO-FLORES, G. & MONKS, S. & VIOLANTE-GONZÁLEZ, J. (2015): Denarycotyle gardneri n. gen., n. sp (Monogenea: Monocotylidae: Euzetiinae), from the gills of Rhinoptera steindachneri(Rhinopteridae) from Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico. Revista Mexicana de Biodiversidad, 86 (3): 582-589
New genus: Denarycotyle
New species: Denarycotyle gardneri
Abstract: Denarycotyle gardneri n. gen., n. sp. (Monogenea: Monocotylidae) is described from the gills of the stingray, Rhinoptera steindachneri (Myliobatidae), collected in marine waters off Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico. The genus is assigned to Euzetiinae because it has a haptor with one centralloculus, one additional loculus on either side of the central loculus and 10 peripheral loculi. However, the genus described herein can be distin-guished from Euzetia, the only genus currently assigned to Euzetiinae, by the presence of two accessory structures on the dorsal surface of thehaptor and hamuli with a sclerotized accessory piece on each hamulus. Specimens of D. gardneri n. gen., n. sp. were found on the gills of 4 of18 individuals of R. steindachneri (22%) but were not present on Rhinobatos glaucostigmaJordan and Gilbert (1 individual), Urotrygon rogersi(Jordan and Starks) (2), Narcine entemador Jordan and Starks (3), Aetobatus narinari (Euphrasen) (1) or Dasyatis longa (Garman) (3). This isthe third genus and the fourth species of a monogenean recorded from Rhinoptera and the second member of Euzetiinae from Mexico and fromthe neotropics. Keys to the subfamilies of Monocotylidae and to the species of Euzetiinae, as well as a hypothesis of phylogenetic relationshipsbetween Heterocotylinae, Decacotylinae, and Euzetiinae are provided.

MENORET, A. & IVANOV, V.A. (2015): Trypanorhynch cestodes (Eutetrarhynchidae) from batoids along the coast of Argentina, including the description of new species in Dollfusiella Campbell et Beveridge, 1994 and Mecistobothrium Heinz et Dailey, 1974. Folia Parasitologica, 62: 058
New species: Dollfusiella acuta, Mecistobothrium oblongum
Abstract: During a recent parasitological survey of elasmobranchs along the coast of Argentina, two new species of eutetrarhynchid cestodes of the generaDollfusiella Campbell et Beveridge, 1994 and Mecistobothrium Heinz et Dailey, 1974 were collected from batoids. Dollfusiella acuta sp. n. was found in four arhynchobatid skates, i.e. Sympterygia acuta Garman (type host), Sympterygia bonapartii Müller et Henle, Atlantoraja castelnaui (Miranda Ribeiro) and Atlantoraja platana (Günther), and Mecistobothrium oblongum sp. n. in the eagle ray Myliobatis goodei Garman. Dollfusiella acuta sp. n. has a tentacular armature consisting of basal rows of uncinate hooks, a distinct basal swelling with uncinate, falcate and bill hooks, and a heteroacanthous metabasal armature with heteromorphous hooks (bothrial uncinate hooks and antibothrial falcate hooks), hooks 1(1') not separated, testes in two columns and an internal seminal vesicle. The tentacular armature of M. oblongum sp. n. is characterised by basal rows of uncinate hooks, a basal swelling with uncinate and falcate hooks, a typical heteroacanthous metabasal armature with heteromorphous hooks (uncinate and falcate to spiniform), and hooks 1(1') separated and of a constant size along the tentacle. It also possesses an elongate scolex, numerous testes arranged in 5-6 irregular columns, and an internal seminal vesicle. The discovery of M. oblongum in M. goodei represents the first record of species of Mecistobothrium in the southwestern Atlantic Ocean. An amended description of Dollfusiella cortezensis (Friggens et Duszynski, 2005) is also provided to clarify details of the scolex and tentacular armature. Members of Dollfusiella in the southwestern Atlantic are specific to a single host species or to a particular host family, while M. oblongum was found in a single host species. Although globally some plerocerci of eutetrarhynchids have been found in teleosts, extensive examination of teleosts off the coast of Argentina suggests that the transmission pathways of these species are exclusively based on invertebrates as intermediate or paratenic hosts.

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Latest Research Articles


Extant Chondrichthyes:

AJEMIAN, M.J. & POWERS, S.P. (2015) Seasonality and Ontogenetic Habitat Partitioning of Cownose Rays in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. Estuaries and Coasts, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12237-015-0052-2
ANONYMOUS (2015) OPINION 2368 (Case 3410) Raja say Le Sueur, 1817 (currently Dasyatis say; Chondrichthyes, Myliobatiformes, DASYATIDAE): original spelling maintained. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature, 72 (3): 239-244
ANTONENKO, D.V. & BALANOV, A.A. & MATVEICHUK, S.P. & BLISHAK, N.M. (2015) Record of rare for waters of Russia pelagic stingray Pteroplatytrygon violacea (Dasyatidae) in the South Kuril region. Journal of Ichthyology, 55 (6): 911-913 http://dx.doi.org/10.1134/S0032945215050021
BARRETO, R. & FERRETTI, F. & MILLS, J. & AMORIM, A. & ANDRADE, H. & WORM, B. & LESSA, R. (2015) Trends in the exploitation of South Atlantic shark populations. Conservation Biology, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cobi.12663
BESTER-VAN DER MERWE, A.E. & GLEDHILL, K.S. (2015) Molecular species identification and population genetics of chondrichthyans in South Africa: current challenges, priorities and progress.African Zoology, 50 (3): 205-217 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15627020.2015.1063408
BLANCO, M. & SOTELO, C.G. & PEREZ-MARTIN, R.I. (2015) Hydrolysis as a Valorization Strategy for Unused Marine Food Biomass: Boarfish and Small-Spotted Catshark Discards and By-Products.Journal of Food Biochemistry, 39 (4): 368-376 http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jfbc.12141
BLOWER, D.C. & CORLEY, S. & HEREWARD, J.P. & RIGINOS, C.R. & OVENDEN, J.R. (2015)Characterisation and cross-amplification of 19 novel microsatellite loci for the sandbar shark, Carcharhinus plumbeus. Conservation Genetics Resources, 7 (4): 913-915http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12686-015-0500-0
BLOWER, D.C. & CORLEY, S. & HEREWARD, J.P. & RIGINOS, C.R. & OVENDEN, J.R. (2015)Characterisation and cross-amplification of 21 novel microsatellite loci for the dusky shark, Carcharhinus obscurus. Conservation Genetics Resources, 7 (4): 909-912 http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12686-015-0499-2
BORNATOWSKI, H. & BRAGA, R.R. & KALINOWSKI, C. & VITULE, J.R.S. (2015) “Buying a Pig in a Poke”: The Problem of Elasmobranch Meat Consumption in Southern Brazil. Ethnobiology Letters, 6 (1):196-202
BRAUN, C.D. & SKOMAL, G.B. & THORROLD, S.R. & BERUMEN, M.L. (2015) Movements of the reef manta ray (Manta alfredi) in the Red Sea using satellite and acoustic telemetry. Marine Biology, 162 (12):  2351-2362 http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00227-015-2760-3
BRUCE, B. & BRADFORD, R. (2015) Segregation or aggregation? Sex-specific patterns in the seasonal occurrence of white sharks Carcharodon carcharias at the Neptune Islands, South Australia.Journal of Fish Biology, 87 (6):  http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jfb.12827
CAILLIET, G.M. (2015) Perspectives on elasmobranch life-history studies: a focus on age validation and relevance to fishery management. Journal of Fish Biology, 87 (6):  http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jfb.12829
CAIRA, J.N. & JENSEN, K. (2015) Insights on the identities of sharks of the Rhizoprionodon acutus (Elasmobranchii: Carcharhiniformes) species complex based on  three new species of Phoreiobothrium (Cestoda: Onchoproteocephalidea). Zootaxa, 4059 (2): 335–350http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4059.2.5
CAMPANA, S.E. & JOYCE, W. & FOWLER, M. & SHOWELL, M. (2015) Discards, hooking, and post-release mortality of porbeagle (Lamna nasus), shortfin mako (Isurus oxyrinchus), and blue shark (Prionace glauca) in the Canadian pelagic longline fishery. ICES Journal of Marine Science, in presshttp://dx.doi.org/10.1093/icesjms/fsv234
CAPAPÉ, C. & RAFRAFI-NOUIRA, S. & EL KAMEL-MOUTALIBI, O. & BOUMAÏZA, M. & REYNAUD, C. (2015) First mediterranean records of Spinetail Devil Ray, Mobula japanica (Elasmobranchii: Rajiformes: Mobulidae). Acta Ichthyologica et Piscatoria, 45 (2): 211-215http://dx.doi.org/10.3750/aip2015.45.2.13
CARTES, J.E. & SOLER-MEMBRIVES, A. & STEFANESCU, C. & LOMBARTE, A. & CARRASSÓN, M. (2015) Contributions of allochthonous inputs of food to the diets of benthopelagic fish over the northwest Mediterranean slope (to 2300 m) Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr.2015.11.001
CAVALLARO, M. & DANZE, A. & AMMENDOLIA, G. & NAVARRA, E. (2015) Finding of a rare Squatina squatina (Linnaeus, 1758) (Chondrichthyes: Squatinidae) along the Tyrrhenian coast of the Strait of Messina and its maintenance in an aquarium. Marine Biodiversity Records, 8: e44http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1755267215000226
CHERNOVA , N.V. & SMIRNOVA, E.V. & RASKHOZHEVA, E.V. (2015) First record of the Greenland shark Somniosus microcephalus (Squaliformes: Somniosidae) in the Siberian Arctic with notes on its distribution and biology. Journal of Ichthyology, 55 (6): 827-835http://dx.doi.org/10.1134/S0032945215060053
CHIN, A. & MOURIER, J. & RUMMER, J.L. (2015) Blacktip reef sharks (Carcharhinus melanopterus) show high capacity for wound healing and recovery following injury. Conservation Physiology, 3 (1): in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/conphys/cov062
CLUA, E.E. & TORRENTE, F.  (2015) Determining the Role of Hand Feeding Practices in Accidental Shark Bites on Scuba Divers. Journal of Forensic Science & Criminology, 3 (5): 502
DELONGUEVILLE, C. & SCAILLET, R. (2015) Illustration of finding of the live specimen of Addisonia excentrica (Tiberi, 1855) (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Addisoniidae) in an empty egg of small-spotted catshark in Andalusia (Motril - Spain). Novapex, 16 (3): 59-60
DUREUIL, M. & TOWNER, A.V. & CIOLFI, L.G. & BECK, L.A. (2015) A computer-aided framework for subsurface identification of white shark pigment patterns. African Journal of Marine Science, 37 (3): 363-371 http://dx.doi.org/10.2989/1814232x.2015.1077888
DUREUIL, M. & WORM, B. (2015) Estimating growth from tagging data: an application to north-east Atlantic tope shark Galeorhinus galeus. Journal of Fish Biology, 87 (6):  http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jfb.12830
FERNANDEZ-CARVALHO, J. & COELHO, R. & ERZINI, K. & SANTOS, M.N. (2015) Modeling age and growth of the bigeye thresher (Alopias superciliosus) in the Atlantic Ocean. Fishery Bulletin, 113 (4): 468-481
FILMALTER, J. & COWLEY, P. & FORGET, F. & DAGORN, L. (2015) Fine-scale 3-dimensional movement behaviour of silky sharks Carcharhinus falciformis associated with fish aggregating devices (FADs). Marine Ecology Progress Series, 539: 207-223 http://dx.doi.org/10.3354/meps11514
FONTENELLE, J.P. & DE CARVALHO. M.R. (2015) Systematic implications of brain morphology in potamotrygonidae (Chondrichthyes: Myliobatiformes). Journal of Morphology, in presshttp://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jmor.20493
FRASER, D.I. & LIU, K.T. & REID, B.J. & HAWKINS, E. & SEVIER, A. & PYLE, M. & ROBINSON, JW. & OUELLETTE, P.H. & BALLANTYNE, J.S. (2015) Widespread Natural Occurrence of Hydroxyurea in Animals. PLoS ONE, 10 (11): e0142890 http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0142890
GALLAGHER, A.J. & COOKE, S.J. & HAMMERSCHLAG, N. (2015) Risk perceptions and conservation ethics among recreational anglers targeting threatened sharks in the subtropical Atlantic.Endangered Species Research, 29 (1): 81-93 http://dx.doi.org/10.3354/esr00704
GLAUS, K.B.J. & ADRIAN-KALCHHAUSER, I. & BURKHARDT-HOLM, P. & WHITE, W.T. & BRUNNSCHWEILER, J.M. (2015) Characteristics of the shark fisheries of Fiji. Scientific Reports, 5: 17556  http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep17556
GLEDHILL, K.S. & KESSEL, S.T. & GUTTRIDGE, T.L. & HANSELL, A.C. & BESTER-VAN DER MERWE, A.E. & FELDHEIM, K.A. & GRUBER, S.H. & CHAPMAN, D.D. (2015) Genetic structure, population demography and seasonal occurrence of blacktip shark Carcharhinus limbatus in Bimini, the Bahamas. Journal of Fish Biology, 87 (6):  http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jfb.12821
GUTTRIDGE, T.L. & GULAK, S.J.B. & FRANKS, B.R. & CARLSON, J.K. & GRUBER, S.H. & GLEDHILL, K.S. & BOND, M.E. & JOHNSON, G. & GRUBBS, R.D. (2015) Occurrence and habitat use of the critically endangered smalltooth sawfish Pristis pectinata in the Bahamas. Journal of Fish Biology, 87 (6):  http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jfb.12825
HWANG, I.K. & LEE, H.Y. & KIM, M.-H. & JO, H.-S. & CHOI, D.-H. & KANG, P.-W. & LEE, Y.-H. & CHO, N.-S. & PARK, K.-W. & CHAE, H.Z. (2015) Development of real-time PCR assay for genetic identification of the mottled skate, Beringraja pulchra. Forensic Science International, 255: 80-84http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.forsciint.2015.05.028
IM, Y.-J.  & JO, H.–S. (2015) Migration and growth rate of Mottled skate, Beringraja pulchra by the tagging release program in the Yellow Sea, Korea. Bulletin of the Korean Society of Fisheries Technology, 51 (2): 227-234 http://dx.doi.org/10.3796/ksft.2015.51.2.227
JACOBY, D.M.P. & SIRIWAT, P. & FREEMAN, R. & CARBONE, C. (2015) Is the scaling of swim speed in sharks driven by metabolism. Biology Letters, 11: 20150781http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2015.0781
JEONG, D. & KIM, S. & KIM, C.-G. & LEE, Y.-H. (2015) Complete mitochondrial genome of the Kwangtung skate: Dipturus kwangtungensis (Rajiformes, Rajidae). Mitochondrial DNA, 26 (6): 873-874http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/19401736.2013.861437
JEONG, J.M. & KIM, H.J. & BAECK, G.W. & YE, S.J. & HUH, S.H. (2015) Feeding habits of ocellate spot skate, Okamejei kenojei in the coastal waters of Gadoek-do, Korea. Bulletin of the Korean Society of Fisheries Technology, 51 (2): 265-271 http://dx.doi.org/10.3796/ksft.2015.51.2.265
JONES, C.M. & DRIGGERS, W.B. (2015) Clarification on the Fecundity of Rhinoptera bonasus (Mitchill). Southeastern Naturalist, 14 (1): N16-N20
JONES, C.M. & DRIGGERS, W.B. & CASTRO, J.I. & DE CARVALHO, M.R. (2015) On the attribution of authorship for several elasmobranch species in Müller and Henle’s Systematische Beschreibung der Plagiostomen (Chondrichthyes, Elasmobranchii). Zootaxa, 4052 (5): 569–572http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4052.5.4
KIM, S.J. & LEE, H.K. & BADEJO, A.C. & LEE, W.C. & MOON, H.B. (2015) Species-specific accumulation of methyl and total mercury in sharks from offshore and coastal waters of Korea. Marine Pollution Bulletin, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2015.11.038
LASSOUED, I. & MORA, L. & BARKIA, A. & ARISTOY, M.-C. & NASRI, M. & TOLDRÁ, F. (2015)Bioactive peptides identified in thornback ray skin’s gelatin hydrolysates by proteases from Bacillus subtilis and Bacillus amyloliquefaciens. Journal of Proteomics, 128: 8-17http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jprot.2015.06.016
LASSOUED, I. & MORA, L. & NASRI, R. & AYDI, M. & TOLDRÁ, T. & ARISTOY, M.-C. & BARKIA, A. & NASRI, M. (2015) Characterization, antioxidative and ACE inhibitory properties of hydrolysates obtained from thornback ray (Raja clavata) muscle. Journal of Proteomics, 128: 458-468http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jprot.2015.05.007
LASSOUED, I. & MORA, L. & NASRI, R. & JRIDI, M. & TOLDRÁ, T. & ARISTOY, M.-C. & BARKIA, A. & NASRI, M. (2015) Characterization and comparative assessment of antioxidant and ACE inhibitory activities of thornback ray gelatin hydrolysates. Journal of Functional Foods, 13: 225-238http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jff.2014.12.042
LEU, M.-Y. & LI, J.-J. & JU, Y.-M. & HSIAO, C.-M. & CHANG, C.-W. & MENG, P.-J. &TEW, K.S. & WANG, W.-H. (2015) Transportation, husbandary, and release of a Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus).Journal of Marine Science and Technology, 23 (5): 814-818 http://dx.doi.org/10.6119/jmst-015-0511-3
LIM, Y.-J. & JO, H.-S. & JEONG, G.-S. & HWANG, B.-K. & KANG, S.I. & HEU, M.S. & KIM, J.-S. (2015) Sensory and Nutritional Characterizations of Mottled Skate Beringraja pulchra Caught off Ulleung Island, Korea. Korean Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 48 (3): 275-283http://dx.doi.org/10.5657/KFAS.2015.0275
MABRAGAÑA, E. & LUCIFORA, L.O. & DÍAZ DE ASTARLOA, J.M. (2015) A new record of the porbeagle, Lamna nasus, in coastal waters of Buenos Aires (Argentina) confirmed by DNA barcoding.DNA Barcodes, 3: 139–143 http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/dna-2015-0017
MCCULLY PHILLIPS, S.R. & ELLIS, J.R. (2015) Reproductive characteristics and life-history relationships of starry smooth-hound Mustelus asterias in British waters. Journal of Fish Biology, 87 (6):  http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jfb.12826
MEYNECKE, J.-O. & ABERNATHY, K. & MARSHALL, G. (2015) In Murky Waters: Crittercam on Juvenile Bull Sharks (Carcharhinus leucas). Marine Technology Society Journal, 49 (5): 25-30http://dx.doi.org/10.4031/MTSJ.49.5.3
MIYA, M. & SATO, Y. & FUKUNAGA, T. & SADO, T. & POULSEN, J.Y. & SATO, K. & MINAMOTO, T. & YAMAMOTO, S. & YAMANAKA, H. & ARAKI, H. & KONDOH, M. & IWASAKI, W. (2015)MiFish, a set of universal PCR primers for metabarcoding environmental DNA from fishes: detection of more than 230 subtropical marine species. Royal Society Open Science, 2 (7): 150088http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsos.150088
MORALES-MEDINA, R. & GARCIA-MORENO, P.J. & PEREZ-GALVEZ, R. & MUNIO, M. & GUADIX, A. & GUADIX, E.M. (2015) Seasonal variations in the regiodistribution of oil extracted from small-spotted catshark and bogue. Food & Function, 6 (8): 2646-2652http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c5fo00448a
NAKAMURA, T. & KLOMP, J. & PIERETTI, J. & SCHNEIDER, I. & GEHRKE, A.R. & SHUBIN, N.H. (2015) Molecular mechanisms underlying the exceptional adaptations of batoid fins. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, in presshttp://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1521818112
NOTARBARTOLO DI SCIARA, G. & LAURIANO, G. & PIERANTONIO, N. & CAÑADAS, A. & DONOVAN, G. & PANIGADA, S. (2015) The Devil We Don‘t Know: Investigating Habitat and Abundance of Endangered Giant Devil Rays in the North-Western Mediterranean Sea. PLoS ONE, 10 (11): e0141189 http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0141189
OLIVEIRA, J.E.L. &  NÓBREGA, M.F. & GARCIA, J. & SAMPAIO, C. & DI DARIO, F. & FISCHER, L.G. & MINCARONE, M.M. (2015) Biodiversidade Marinha da Bacia Potiguar/RN: Peixes do Talude Continental. Rio de Janeiro: Museu Nacional, 2015. 218 p. : il. ; 27,7 cm. (Série Livros ; 55). ISBN 978-85-7427-052-4
PAGE, J.W. (2015) Characterization of Bycatch in the Cannonball Jellyfish Fishery in the Coastal Waters off Georgia. Marine and Coastal Fisheries: Dynamics, Management, and Ecosystem Science, 7 (1): 190-199 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19425120.2015.1032456
POLLERSPOECK, J. & STRAUBE, N. (2015) Bibliography database of living/fossil sharks, rays and chimaeras (Chondrichthyes: Elasmobranchii, Holocephali) -Host-Parasites List/Parasite-Hosts List-www.shark-references.com, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 04/2015 ISSN: 2195-6499http://dx.doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.1.3636.6887
RAFRAFI-NOUIRA, S. & EL KAMEL-MOUTALIBI, O. & REYNAUD, C. & BOUMAÏZA, M. & CAPAPÉ, C. (2015) Additional and unusual captures of elasmobranch species from the northern coast of Tunisia (central Mediterranean). Journal of Ichthyology, 55 (6): 836-848http://dx.doi.org/10.1134/S0032945215060181
ROMERO-CAICEDO, A.F. & CARRERA-FERNÁNDEZ, M. (2015) Reproduction of the whitesnout guitarfish Rhinobatos leucorhynchus in the Ecuadorian Pacific Ocean. Journal of Fish Biology, 87 (6):  http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jfb.12794
SANDOVAL-HERRERA, N.I. & VARGAS-SOTO, J.S. & ESPINOZA, M. & CLARKE, T.M. & FISK, A.T. & WEHRTMANN, I.S. (2015) Mercury levels in muscle tissue of four common elasmobranch species from the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, Central America. Regional Studies in Marine Science, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rsma.2015.11.011
SCHLEIMER, A. & ARAUJO, G. & PENKETH, L. & HEATH, A. & MCCOY, E. & LABAJA, J. & LUCEY, A. & PONZO, A. (2015) Learning from a provisioning site: code of conduct compliance and behaviour of whale sharks in Oslob, Cebu, Philippines. PeerJ, 3: e1452http://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.1452
SIMS, D.W. (2015) The biology, ecology and conservation of elasmobranchs: recent advances and new frontiers. Journal of Fish Biology, 87 (6):  http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jfb.12861
SKOMAL, G.B. & HOYOS-PADILLA, E.M. & KUKULYA, A. & STOKEY, R. (2015) Subsurface observations of white shark Carcharodon carcharias predatory behaviour using an autonomous underwater vehicle. Journal of Fish Biology, 87 (6):  http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jfb.12828
TAGLIAFICO, A. & HERNANDEZ-AVILA, I. & RANGEL, S. & RAGO, N. (2015) Size of catch, reproduction and feeding of the small-eye smooth-hound, Mustelus higmani (Carcharhiniformes: Triakidae), in Margarita Island, Venezuela. Scientia Marina, 79 (4): 443-452http://dx.doi.org/10.3989/scimar.04245.09A
TOWNER, A.V. & LEOS-BARAJAS, V. & LANGROCK, R. & SCHICK, R.S. & SMALE, M.J. & KASCHKE, T. & JEWELL, O.J.D. & PAPASTAMATIOU, Y.P. (2015) Sex-specific and individual preferences for hunting strategies in white sharks, Functional Ecology, in presshttp://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1365-2435.12613
TOWNSEND, R. & STOW, A. & ASMYHR, M. & MOMIGLIANO, P. (2015) Multiple paternity in captive grey nurse sharks (Carcharias taurus): implications for the captive breeding of this critically endangered species. Pacific Conservation Biology, 21 (2): 122-125 http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/pc14909
TYMINSKI, J.P. & DE LA PARRA-VENEGAS, R. & GONZÁLEZ CANO, J. & HUETER, R.E. (2015)Vertical Movements and Patterns in Diving Behavior of Whale Sharks as Revealed by Pop-Up Satellite Tags in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico. PLoS ONE, 10 (11): e0142156http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0142156
VÁSQUEZ, V.E. & EBERT, D.A. & LONG, D.J.  (2015) Etmopterus benchleyi n. sp., a new lanternshark (Squaliformes: Etmopteridae) from the central eastern Pacific Ocean: Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation; 17: 43-55
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Extinct Chondrichthyes:

ALLARD, H. & CARPENTER, S.C. & DUFFIN, C.J. & BENTON, M.J. (2015) Microvertebrates from the classic Rhaetian bone beds of Manor Farm Quarry, near Aust (Bristol, UK). Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pgeola.2015.09.002
BÖTTCHER, R. (2015) Chapter 8: Fische des Lettenkeupers. In: Hagdorn, H., Schoch, R. & Schweigert, G. (Hrsg.): Der Lettenkeuper – Ein Fenster in die Zeit vor den Dinosauriern. – Palaeodiversity, Sonderband: 141–202
HÖTZINGER, A. (2015) Zeitreise ins Prambachtal des Oligozän. Der Bundschuh, 18: 156-161
KHAMHA, S. & CUNY, G. & LAUPRASERT, K. (2016) Revision of Isanodus paladeji (Elasmobranchii, Hybodontiformes) from the Lower Cretaceous of Thailand. Paläontologische Zeitschrift, in presshttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12542-015-0282-4
MEDINA-GAVILÁN, J.L. & TOSCANO, A. & MUÑIZ, F. & DELGADO, F.J. (2015) First description for a tooth of the giant, extinct shark Carcharocles megalodon (Agassiz, 1835) found in the province of Seville (SW Iberian Peninsula). BV news Publicaciones Científicas, 4: 57
MEISNER, H. & SICHELSCHMIDT, O. (2015) Mill-Langenboom (NL) – eine klassische Fundstelle für neogene marine Vertebraten. Steinkern, 23: 12-29
PLEDGE, N.S. & MILNES, A.R. & BOURMAN, R.P. & ALLEY, N.F. (2015) Fossil shark teeth from upland Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia: evidence for previously unknown Tertiary marine sediments.Mesa Journal, 76 (1): 67-73
REINECKE, T. &  VON DER HOCHT, F. & DUFRAING, L. (2015) Fossil basking shark of the genus Keasius (Lamniforme, Cetorhindiae) from the boreal North Sea Basin and Upper Rhine Graben: evolution of dental characteristics from the Oligocene to late Middle Miocene and description of two new species. Palaeontos, 28: 60 text-pages (incl. 24 text-figs and 2 tables).
REINECKE, T. & RADWANSKA, A. (2015) Fossil sharks and batoids from the Korytnica-clays, early Badenian (Langhian, Middle Miocene), Fore-Carpathian basin, central Poland – a revision and updated record. Palaeontos, 28: 32 text pages (incl. 2 text-figs, 2 tables and 8 plates).
SIVERSSON, M. & COOK, T.D. & CEDERSTRÖM, P. & RYAN, H.E. (2015) Early Campanian (Late Cretaceous) squatiniform and synechodontiform selachians from the Åsen locality, Kristianstad Basin, Sweden. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1144/SP434.9
TIMOKHINA, I.G. & RODINA, O.A. (2015) New Data on Upper Devonian Stratigraphy of the Northwestern Kuznetsk Basin: Evidence from Foraminifera and Chondrichthyes. Stratigraphy and Geological Correlation, 23 (5): 495-516 http://dx.doi.org/10.1134/s086959381505007x


MENORET, A. & IVANOV, V.A. (2015) Trypanorhynch cestodes (Eutetrarhynchidae) from batoids along the coast of Argentina, including the description of new species in Dollfusiella Campbell et Beveridge, 1994 and Mecistobothrium Heinz et Dailey, 1974. Folia Parasitologica, 62: 058http://dx.doi.org/10.14411/fp.2015.058
PODDUBNAYA, L.G. & HEMMINGSEN, W. & GIBSON, D.I. (2015) Surface ultrastructural characteristics of Dictyocotyle coeliaca Nybelin, 1941 (Monopisthocotylea: Monocotylidae), an endoparasitic monogenean of rays. Parasitology Research, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00436-015-4823-2
PULIDO-FLORES, G. & MONKS, S. & VIOLANTE-GONZÁLEZ, J. (2015) Denarycotyle gardneri n. gen., n. sp (Monogenea: Monocotylidae: Euzetiinae), from the gills of Rhinoptera steindachneri (Rhinopteridae) from Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico. Revista Mexicana de Biodiversidad, 86 (3): 582-589http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rmb.2015.05.006



“I’ve never met a fish I didn’t like.”
Andrew Stewart, collection manager and fish expert, Te Papa


How skates and rays got their wings

The evolution of the striking, wing-like pectoral fins of skates and rays relied on repurposed genes, according to a new study. The findings shed light on the genetic mechanisms responsible for the evolution and diversification of vertebrate appendages.
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Shark CSI: Unravelling the mysterious death of a great white

Researchers from the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) were given a rare opportunity this week to perform a necropsy on a great white shark that washed up on a local beach early on Monday morning.

Deep sea sharks pig out on beef, lamb and veg we throw away

Just wait, and dinner will come floating down. That seems to be the feeding strategy for sharks and other bony fish that thrive in the western Mediterranean Sea, at depths exceeding 2000 metres.

Beef, goat meat, dolphin blubber, vegetables and fruit – even a bunch of grapes, for example – were gratefully received and gobbled down by these fish, living in or around a canyon called the Valencia trench, midway between Barcelona, Spain, and the Balearic Islands.