NEWSLETTER 5/2016 31.05.2016

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News/ Own Research:

Dear colleagues,
we would like to (ab)use the opportunity to reach more than 500 shark researchers with our newsletter for asking your help: we are seeking to conduct further research on inter- and more importantly- INTRAspecific variability of tooth morphologies. Our target species would be smaller-sized somniosids such as Zameus, Centroscymnus, Centroselachus, and Scymnodon. For that, teeth and/or jaws of extant members of this group would be necessary and we are aiming for getting both male and female as well as juvenile and adult representatives. If any of you would like to share some material or has ideas on how to receive some specimens, we would be very grateful.
Our goal is a collection of information on intraspecific variability of species, which will ease the identification and interpretation of fossil teeth Jürgen is regularly digging out in his neighborhood (see example image below).
Any help is highly appreciated,
with best wishes,
Jürgen and Nico

many thanks to Frederik Mollen, Elasmobranch Research, Rehaegenstraat 4, 2820 Bonheiden Belgium for this specimen

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Missing papers:

Many thanks to all friends of shark-references, who sent us some missing papers last month!

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Upcoming Meetings:

28-30th October 2016

EEA2016 will be hosted by the Shark Trust and held at Bristol Aquarium, Bristol UK.

The conference will provide an excellent forum for discussion and networking bringing together researchers, advocates and students from across Europe and beyond.

With sessions reflecting the three pillars of the Shark Trust’s work and the key objectives of the recently launched Global Shark and Ray Initiative (GSRI), the Shark Trust invites you to submit abstracts for oral (15 minute and 5 minute options) and poster presentations under the following themes:

   - Species Conservation
   - Fisheries Management
   - Responsible Trade and Consumption

There will also be a number of general sessions covering a broad range of topics depending on submissions.

The Shark Trust encourages speakers to consider the potential management or conservation applications of their research and reflect them in their presentations -  abstract selection will be undertaken by the Conference Committee.

Abstract submission & Student Bursary applications.  Closing date 17th September

Registration: Don't miss out on the EARLY BIRD registration rates:  register today!

More information on the keynote speakers and social opportunities will be released through the website in the coming weeks - so check back for more details!
Hope to see you all in October!

International Marine Conservation Congress


30 July - 3 August 2016 • St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador (YYT)

To conserve the world’s oceans we must go beyond science, and use it to inform policy and management, and ultimately to catalyze change. The Society for Conservation Biology's International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC) brings together conservation professionals and students to develop new and powerful tools to further marine conservation science and policy.

The Call for Abstracts is currently open!

IMCCs are organized by the Marine Section of the Society for Conservation Biology.


UPDATED INFORMATION AT http://encuentro2016.squalus.org/

V Colombian meeting on Chondrichthyes (CMC) from 24 to 28 October 2016
Deadline for submission of abstracts/Fecha límite de envío de resúmenes: June 30, 2016
Date of response by the Organizing Committee/Fecha de respuesta por parte del Comité Organizador: July 30, 2016
please visit:http://encuentro2016.squalus.org/


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

Newly described species/Taxonomic News:


DE CARVALHO, M.R. & ROSA, R.S. & DE ARAÚJO, M.L.G. (2016): A new species of Neotropical freshwater stingray (Chondrichthyes: Potamotrygonidae) from the Rio Negro, Amazonas, Brazil: the smallest species of Potamotrygon. Zootaxa, 4107 (4): 566–586
New species: Potamotrygon wallacei
Abstract: A new species of Potamotrygon is described from the Rio Negro drainage, Amazonas, Brazil. In spite of being cited or pictured several times in the scientific and aquarium fish literature since the 19th Century, it had been misidentified and still lacked a scientific name. Potamotrygon wallacei, n. sp., is diagnosed by the following characters: dorsal surface of disc light brown, with black irregularly-shaped vermiculate markings forming an amphora- or Ω-shaped figure on mid-disc, delimiting light brown reniform areas at disc center, and with subcircular light brown ocellate markings on disc margins; small body size (smallest known Potamotrygon species; largest examined specimen measured 310 mm DW); dorsal spines on tail usually rather low, without broad bases, in one to rarely three irregular rows, but extending posteriorly only to tail mid-length and not to caudal stings, with altogether relatively few spines; denticles on posterior mid-disc and tail base Y-shaped, with a central, anterior, bulbous cusp and usually two posterior pairs of smaller, rounded cusps; and single (anterior) angular cartilage. The new species is similar to P. orbignyi and other "reticulated" species in having a single (anterior) angular cartilage and in the color pattern of the tail, but is easily distinguished based on its size, dorsal tail spine arrangement, and specific details of color pattern.


MUTTI, L.D. & IVANOV, V.A. 2016: A new species of Paraberrapex Jensen, 2001 (Cestoda: Lecanicephalidea) from Squatina guggenheim Marini (Squatiniformes: Squatinidae) off Argentina.Folia Parasitologica, 63: 007
New species: Paraberrapex atlanticus
Abstract: Paraberrapex atlanticus sp. n. (Cestoda: Lecanicephalidea) is described from the spiral intestine of the angel shark Squatina guggenheim Marini from coastal waters off Buenos Aires Province, Argentina. Paraberrapex atlanticus sp. n. can be distinguished from the only species described in the genus, P. manifestus Jensen, 2001 in having cocoons 5–6 times longer with more eggs per cocoon, the extension of the uterine duct, the distribution of vitelline follicles, and the size and density of microtriches on the bothridial surfaces. The presence of P. atlanticus sp. n. in S. guggenheim confirms the specificity of Paraberrapex Jensen, 2001 for squatiniform sharks.

I CURRAN, S.S. & PHILLIPS, A.J. & OVERSTREET, R.M. & BENZ, G.W. & HENNINGSEN, A.D. (2016): Austrobdella cairae n. sp., an Oioxenous Marine Leech (Clitellata: Piscicolidae) from the Banded Guitarfish, Zapteryx exasperata, in the Northeastern Pacific Ocean. Journal of Parasitology, 102 (2): 179-186
New species: Austrobdella cairae
Abstract: A new marine leech is herein described from specimens infecting the external surfaces, including the mouth and cloaca, of the banded guitarfish, Zapteryx exasperate, captured in the Gulf of California and eastern Pacific Ocean off the coast of San Diego, California. The leech is assigned to Austrobdella by possessing continuous contractile coelomic channels that lie outside the somatic musculature along the lateral edges of the urosome (marginal lacunae), clitellar gland cells densely packed in the urosome, 5 pairs of testisacs, and 6-annulate mid-body somites. The new leech is distinguished from its 6 congeners on the basis of body size (maximum 10 mm long) and shape (sub-cylindrical trachelosome distinctly demarcated from wider urosome that is ventrally flattened, convex dorsally, and narrowing toward caudal sucker that is narrow, 20−25% of maximum body width), number of eyespots (2 pairs), shape and arrangement of the ovisacs (pyriform and limited to somites XII/XIII), and characteristics of the midgut (1 pair of mycetomes, 6 pairs of simple thin-walled crop ceca, ventral postceca wanting, and 2 pairs of dendritic diverticula emerging from anterior portion of thick-walled intestine). The new species occurs in the northeastern Pacific Ocean on a benthic elasmobranch. Examination of host specificity for each Austrobdella species using the quantitative Index of Phylogenetic Host Specificity revealed that the new species is 1 of 4 oioxenous specialists in the genus, and the remaining 3 congeners are relative generalists herein classified as euryxenous. This is the first time host specificity for members of the Piscicolidae has been quantitatively assessed. The analysis suggests that associations between marine leeches belonging inAustrobdella and their vertebrate hosts are driven by ecological influences rather than host taxonomic placement.
IRIGOITIA, M.M. & CHISHOLM, L.A. & TIMI, J.T. (2016): A new species of DendromonocotyleHargis, 1955 (Monogenea: Monocotylidae) from the skin of Zearaja chilensis (Guichenot) (Rajiformes: Rajidae) from the Argentine Sea. Systematic Parasitology, 93 (4): 367-374
New species: Dendromonocotyle rajidicola
Abstract: Dendromonocotyle rajidicola n. sp. is described from the dorsal surface of the yellownose skate Zearaja chilensis (Guichenot) (Rajiformes) caught on the Argentine shelf.Dendromonocotyle rajidicola n. sp. can be distinguished from the other 17 species in the genus by the morphology of the distal portion of the male copulatory organ and by the unique morphology of the sclerotised proximal portion of the vagina. This is the first species ofDendromonocotyle to be described from a host in the Rajiformes and also the first record of this genus in the southwestern Atlantic Ocean.


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Latest Research Articles


Extant Chondrichthyes:

ALEXANDER, A.B. & PARKINSON, L.A. & GRANT, K.R. & CARLSON, E. & CAMPBELL, T.W. (2016) The hemic response of white-spotted bamboo sharks (Chiloscyllium plagiosum) with inflammatory disease. Zoo Biology, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/zoo.21280
ALVES, L.M. & NUNES, M. & MARCHAND, P. & LE BIZEC, B. & MENDES, S. & CORREIA, J.P. & LEMOS, M.F. & NOVAIS, S.C. (2016) Blue sharks (Prionace glauca) as bioindicators of pollution and health in the Atlantic Ocean: Contamination levels and biochemical stress responses. Science of the Total Environment, 563-564: 282-292http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.04.085
APPS, K. & DIMMOCK, K. & LLOYD, D. & HUVENEERS, C. (2016) In the Water with White Sharks (Carcharodon carcharias): Participants’ Beliefs toward Cage-diving in Australia.Anthrozoös: A multidisciplinary journal of the interactions of people and animals, 29 (2): 231-245http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08927936.2016.1152714
ARMANSIN, N.C. & LEE, K.A. & HUVENEERS, C. & HARCOURT, R.G. (2016) Integrating social network analysis and fine-scale positioning to characterize the associations of a benthic shark. Animal Behaviour, 115: 245–258 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2016.02.014
ARMSTRONG, A.O. & ARMSTRONG, A.J. & JAINE, F.R. & COUTURIER, L.I. & FIORA, K. & URIBE-PALOMINO, J. & WEEKS, S.J. & TOWNSEND, K.A. & BENNETT, M.B. & RICHARDSON, A.J. (2016) Prey Density Threshold and Tidal Influence on Reef Manta Ray Foraging at an Aggregation Site on the Great Barrier Reef. PLoS ONE, 11 (5): e0153393http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0153393
BEN AMOR, M. & MOURAD, D. & YOUSSOUPH, D. & MANSOR, B. & SALEM, M. & CAPAPÉ, C. (2016) Confirmed occurrence in the Mediterranean Sea of milk shark Rhizoprionodon acutus (Chondrichthyes: Carcharhinidae) and first record off the Tunisian coast.Cahiers de Biologie Marine, 57 (2): 145-149
BERNVI, D.C. (2016) Ontogenetic Influences on Endothermy in the Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias). Master Thesis, Stockholm University
BERTHE, C. & MOURIER, J. & LECCHINI, D. & RUMMER, J.L. & SELLOS, D.Y. & IGLÉSIAS, S.P. (2016) DNA barcoding supports the presence of the cryptic ocellated eagle ray, Aetobatus ocellatus (Myliobatidae), in French Polynesia, South Pacific. Cybium, 40 (2): 181-184
CABRERA, Y. & AGUILAR, C. & GONZALEZ-SANSON, G. & FERNANDO MARQUEZ-FARIAS, J. (2016) Ocurrencia de una hembra preñada de tiburón mako Isurus oxyrinchus al noroeste de Cuba. [Occurrence of an Isurus oxyrinchus pregnant female to the northwest of Cuba.] Latin American Journal of Aquatic Research, 44 (1): 184-189http://dx.doi.org/10.3856/vol44-issue5-fulltext-21
CAMARGO, S.M. & COELHO, R. & CHAPMAN, D. & HOWEY-JORDAN, L. & BROOKS, E.J. & FERNANDO, D. & MENDES, N.J. & HAZIN, F.H.V. & OLIVEIRA, C. & SANTOS, M.N. & FORESTI, F. & MENDONÇA, F.F. (2016) Structure and Genetic Variability of the Oceanic Whitetip Shark, Carcharhinus longimanus, Determined Using Mitochondrial DNA. PLoS ONE, 11 (5): e0155623 http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0155623
CAMUS, A. & BROWN, C. & FIELD, C. & MCDERMOTT, A. (2016) Amyloid-like renal lesions in a roughtail stingray Dasyatis centroura (Mitchill 1815). Journal of Fish Diseases, 39 (5): 613-617http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jfd.12397
CARDEÑOSA, D. & GLAUS, K.B.J. & BRUNNSCHWEILER, J.M. (2016) Occurrence of juvenile bull sharks (Carcharhinus leucas) in the Navua River in Fiji. Marine and Freshwater Research, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF16005
CASTRO, J.I. & SATO, K. & BODINE, A.B. (2016) A novel mode of embryonic nutrition in the tiger shark, Galeocerdo cuvier. Marine Biology Research, 12 (2): 200-205http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17451000.2015.1099677
CLUA, E. & VIGNAUD, T. (2016) Possible collapse of reef shark populations in remote coral reef ecosystems in the Coral Sea (Western Pacific). Cybium, 40 (1): 51-59
COX, G.K. & KENNEDY, G.E. & FARRELL, A.P. (2016) Morphological arrangement of the coronary vasculature in a shark (Squalus sucklei) and a teleost (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Journal of Morphology, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jmor.20543
CUNHA, C.M. & OLIVEIRA, L.E. & KFOURY, J.R. (2016) Comparative anatomy of the extraocular muscles in four Myliobatoidei rays (Batoidea, Myliobatiformes). Journal of Anatomy, 228 (5): 877-886 http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/joa.12438
DE CARVALHO, M.R. & ROSA, R.S. & DE ARAÚJO, M.L.G. (2016) A new species of Neotropical freshwater stingray (Chondrichthyes: Potamotrygonidae) from the Rio Negro, Amazonas, Brazil: the smallest species of Potamotrygon. Zootaxa, 4107 (4): 566–586  http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4107.4.5
DE MIRANDA, D.A. & DE CARVALHO-SOUZA, G.F. (2016) Are we eating plastic-ingesting fish? Marine Pollution Bulletin, 103 (1-2): 109-114http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2015.12.035
DE SOUSA RANGEL, B. & CIENA, A.P. & WOSNICK, N. & DE AMORIM, A.F. & KFOURY, J.R. & RICI, R.E.G. (2016) Ecomorphology of oral papillae and denticles of Zapteryx brevirostris (Chondrichthyes, Rhinobatidae). Zoomorphology, 135 (2): 189-195 jhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00435-016-0304-0
DI SANTO, V. & KENALEY, C.P. (2016) Skating by: low energetic costs of swimming in a batoid fish. Journal of Experimental Biology, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1242/jeb.136358
DI SCIARA, G.N. & FERNANDO, D. & ADNET, S. & CAPPETTA, H. & JABADO, R.W. (2016)Devil rays (Chondrichthyes: Mobula) of the Arabian Seas, with a redescription of Mobula kuhlii (Valenciennes in Müller and Henle, 1841). Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, in press
ENAULT, S. & ADNET, S. & DEBIAIS-THIBAUD, M. (2016) Skeletogenesis during the late embryonic development of the catshark Scyliorhinus canicula (Chondrichthyes; Neoselachii). M3 Journal, 1 (4): e2 http://dx.doi.org/10.18563/m3.1.4.e2
ERONAT, E.G.T. (2016) Feeding ecology and trophic level of Chimaera monstrosa Linnaeus, 1758 (Holocephali: Chimaeridae) in the Eastern Mediterranean. Zoology in the Middle East, 62 (1): 51-57 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09397140.2015.1132560
ESCALLE, L. & MURUA, H. & AMANDE, J.M. & ARREGUI, I. & CHAVANCE, P. & DELGADO DE MOLINA, A. & GAERTNER, D. & FRAILE, I. & FILMALTER, J.D. & SANTIAGO, J. & FORGET, F. & ARRIZABALAGA, H. & DAGORN, L. & MERIGOT, B. (2016)Post-capture survival of whale sharks encircled in tuna purse-seine nets: tagging and safe release methods. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, in presshttp://dx.doi.org/10.1002/aqc.2662
GAO, C.-X. & DAI, X.-J. & TIAN, S.-Q. & WU, F. & ZHU, J.-F. (2016) Demographic analysis of the blue shark, Prionace glauca, in the North Atlantic Ocean. Yingyong Shengtai Xuebao, 27 (2): 622-628
GIGLIO, V.J. & LUIZ, O.J. & REIS, M.S. & GERHARDINGER, L.C. (2016) Memories of sawfish fisheries in a southwestern Atlantic estuary. SPC Traditional Marine Resource Management and Knowledge Information Bulletin, 36: 28-32
GILES, J.L. & RIGINOS, C. & NAYLOR, G.J.P. & DHARMADI, OVENDEN, J.R. (2016)Genetic and phenotypic diversity in the wedgefish Rhynchobatus australiae, a threatened ray of high value in the shark fin trade. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 548: 165–180http://dx.doi.org/10.3354/meps11617
GILLIS, J.A. & HALL, B.K. (2016) A shared role for sonic hedgehog signalling in patterning chondrichthyan gill arch appendages and tetrapod limbs. Development, 143 (8): 1313-1317http://dx.doi.org/10.1242/dev.133884
GIRGIN, H. & BAŞUSTA, N. (2016) Testing staining techniques to determine age and growth of Dasyatis pastinaca (Linnaeus, 1758) captured in Iskenderun Bay, northeastern Mediterranean.Journal of Applied Ichthyology, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jai.13077
GONZÁLEZ ISÁIS, M. & MONTES DOMÍNGUEZ, H.M. (2016) Compared Morphology of the Cephalic Musculature in Five Species of Genus Urotrygon (Chondrichthyes: Urolophidae).International Journal of Morphology, 34 (1): 7-12
GRAHAM, F. & RYNNE, P. & ESTEVANEZ, M. & LUO, J. & AULT, J.S. & HAMMERSCHLAG, N. (2016) Use of marine protected areas and exclusive economic zones in the subtropical western North Atlantic Ocean by large highly mobile sharks. Diversity and Distributions, 22 (5): 534-546 http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ddi.12425
GRUBER, D.F. & LOEW, E.R. & DEHEYN, D.D. & AKKAYNAK, D. & GAFFNEY, J.P. & SMITH, W.L. & DAVIS, M.P. & STERN, J.H. & PIERIBONE, V.A. & SPARKS, J.S. (2016)Biofluorescence in Catsharks (Scyliorhinidae): Fundamental Description and Relevance for Elasmobranch Visual Ecology Scientific Reports, 6: 24751  http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep24751
ROEMER, R.P. & GALLAGHER, A.J. & HAMMERSCHLAG, N. (2016) Shallow water tidal flat use and associated specialized foraging behavior of the great hammerhead shark (Sphyrna mokarran). Marine and Freshwater Behaviour and Physiology, in presshttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10236244.2016.1168089
IRIGOITIA, M.M. & CHISHOLM, L.A. & TIMI, J.T. (2016) A new species of Dendromonocotyle Hargis, 1955 (Monogenea: Monocotylidae) from the skin of Zearaja chilensis (Guichenot) (Rajiformes: Rajidae) from the Argentine Sea. Systematic Parasitology, 93 (4): 367-374http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11230-016-9624-1
IRIGOYEN, A. & TROBBIANI, G. (2016) Depletion of trophy large-sized sharks populations of the Argentinean coast, south-western Atlantic: insights from fishers’ knowledge. Neotropical Ichthyology, 14 (1): e150081 http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/1982-0224-20150081
JOSBERGER, E.E. & HASSANZADEH, P. & DENG, Y. & SOHN, J. & REGO, M.J. & AMEMIYA, C.T. & ROLANDI, M. (2016) Proton conductivity in ampullae of Lorenzini jelly.Science Advances, 2 (5): e1600112 http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.1600112
LI, W. & DAI, X. & ZHU, J. & TIAN, S. & HE, S. & & WU, F. (2016) Genetic differentiation in blue shark, Prionace glauca, from the central Pacific Ocean, as inferred by mitochondrial cytochrome b region. Mitochondrial DNA Part A: DNA Mapping, Sequencing, and Analysis, in presshttp://dx.doi.org/10.3109/19401736.2015.1137903
MAROUANI, S. & KADRI, H. & BRADAI, M.N. (2016) First data on the age, growth and sexual maturity of the piked spurdog, Squalus megalops (Chondrichthyes: Squalidae), in the Gulf of Gabès (central Mediterranean Sea). Marine and Freshwater Research, 67 (5): 578-585http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF14356
MARSHALL, L.J. & BARONE, M. (2016) SharkFin Guide: identifying sharks from their fins.FAO, Rome.
MUNROE, S.E.M. & SIMPFENDORFER, C.A. & HEUPEL, M.R. (2016) Variation in blacktip shark movement patterns in a tropical coastal bay. Environmental Biology of Fishes, 99 (4): 377-389 http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10641-016-0480-2
OHSHIMO, S. & FUJINAMI, Y. & SHIOZAKI, K. & KAI, M. & SEMBA, Y. & KATSUMATA, N. & OCHI, D. & MATSUNAGA, H. & MINAMI, H. & KIYOTA, M. & YOKAWA, K. (2016) Distribution, body length, and abundance of blue shark and shortfin mako offshore of northeastern Japan, as determined from observed pelagic longline data, 2000-2014. Fisheries Oceanography, 25 (3): 259-276
OZYILMAZ, A. (2016) Tocopherol, heavy metals (Cd, Pb, Cu, Fe, Mn, Zn), and fatty acid contents of thornback ray (Raja clavata Linnaeus, 1758) liver oil in relation to gender and origin in the Mediterranean and Black seas. Journal of Applied Ichthyology, in presshttp://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jai.13041
PICKARD, A.E. & VAUDO, J.J. & WETHERBEE, B.M. & NEMETH, R.S. & BLONDEAU, J.B. & KADISON, E.A. & SHIVJI, M.S. (2016) Comparative Use of a Caribbean Mesophotic Coral Ecosystem and Association with Fish Spawning Aggregations by Three Species of Shark. PLoS ONE, 11 (5): e0151221 http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0151221
PINTO, C. & SPEZIA, L. (2016) Markov switching autoregressive models for interpreting vertical movement data with application to an endangered marine apex predator. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 7 (4): 407-417 http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/2041-210x.12494
PIROG​, A. & JAQUEMET, S. & BLAISON, A. & SORIA, M. & MAGALON, H. (2016) Isolation and characterization of eight microsatellite loci from Galeocerdo cuvier (tiger shark) and cross-amplification in Carcharhinus leucas, Carcharhinus brevipinna, Carcharhinus plumbeus and Sphyrna lewini. PeerJ , 4: e2041 http://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.2041
POSSATTO, F.E. & BROADHURST, M.K. & SPACH, H.L. & WINEMILLER, K.O. & MILLAR, R.B. & SANTOS, K.M. & LAMOUR, M.R. (2016) Mapping the spatio-temporal distribution of threatened batoids to improve conservation in a subtropical estuary. Journal of Fish Biology, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jfb.129722016
RASTGOO, A.R. & FATEMI, M.R. & VALINASSAB, T. & MORTAZAVI, M.S. (2016) Length–weight relationships for 10 elasmobranch species from the Oman Sea. Journal of Applied Ichthyology, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jai.12941
RIGBY, C.L. & DALEY, R.K. & SIMPFENDORFER, C.A. (2016) Comparison of life histories of two deep-water sharks from eastern Australia: the piked spurdog and the Philippine spurdog.Marine and Freshwater Research, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF15176
ROFF, G. & DOROPOULOS, C. & ROGERS, A. & BOZEC, Y.M. & KRUECK, N.C. & AURELLADO, E. & PRIEST, M. & BIRRELL, C. & MUMBY, P.J. (2016) The Ecological Role of Sharks on Coral Reefs. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 31 (5): 395-407http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2016.02.014
ROSA, R. & PAULA, J.R. & SAMPAIO, E. & PIMENTEL, M. & LOPES, A.R. & BAPTISTA, M. & GUERREIRO, M. & SANTOS, C. & CAMPOS, D. & ALMEIDA-VAL, V.M.F. & CALADO, R. & DINIZ, M. & REPOLHO, T. (2016) Neuro-oxidative damage and aerobic potential loss of sharks under elevated CO2 and warming. Marine Biology, 163: 119http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00227-016-2898-7
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Through a Shark's Eyes: See How They Glow in the Deep

Scientists have built a camera that approximates how sharks see each other, revealing how they glow through biofluorescence.

Patterns of glowing sharks get clearer with depth

April 25, 2016
American Museum of Natural History
Catsharks are not only able to see the bright green biofluorescence they produce, but they increase contrast of their glowing pattern when deep underwater, new research concludes. The study, conducted with a custom-built 'shark-eye' camera that simulates how the shark sees underwater, shows that fluorescence makes catsharks more visible to neighbors of the same species at the depths that they live and may aid in communication between one another.

Spotted wobbegong sharks demonstrate social clique behaviour


Comparative analysis reveals use patterns of deeper Caribbean coral reefs by shark species

Group spawning may drive predator habitat use for lemon sharks, may inform fisheries management

May 4, 2016
Three species of shark, tiger, lemon and Caribbean reef, all use deeper coral reefs in the Virgin Islands, but only lemon shark presence was associated with seasonal grouper spawning aggregations, according to a new study.

Northern Galapagos Islands home to world's largest shark biomass

Ecuador designated area a marine sanctuary in March 2016, ensuring protection of hammerheads, reef sharks and other top predators

May 10, 2016
Scientists have revealed that the northern Galapagos Islands of Darwin and Wolf are home to the largest shark biomass reported to date (12.4 tons per hectare).


Proton-conducting material found in electrosensory organs of sharks

Scientists measured surprisingly high proton conductivity in a jelly that fills unique electrosensing organs found in sharks, skates, and rays

May 13, 2016
University of California - Santa Cruz
Sharks, skates, and rays can detect very weak electric fields produced by prey and other animals using an array of unusual organs known as the ampullae of Lorenzini. Exactly how these electrosensory organs work has remained a mystery, but a new study has revealed an important clue that may have implications for other fields of research.

Networking lets sharks off the hook

May 23, 2016
ARC Centre of Excellence in Coral Reef Studies
Tuna fishers who network with their competition may be able to stop thousands of sharks a year from being accidentally captured and killed in the Pacific Ocean, according to new research.