Checklist of Sharks of the Persian Gulf

Published on 20. January 2012

Sharks of the Persian (Arabian) Gulf: a first annotated checklist (Chondrichthyes: Elasmobranchii)

Alec B.M. Moore, Robert D. Ward and Richard Peirce.

ABSTRACT:

The first evidence-based checklist of sharks of the Persian (Arabian) Gulf is presented based on appraisal of primary literature and new data, including identifications verified by COI barcoding. Evidence of the occurrence of 26 species in the Gulf is presented, and the possible presence of a further 17 species is discussed. Carcharhinidae is the most species-rich family (16 species) present. The first substantiated Gulf records of the spinner shark Carcharhinus brevipinna, blacktip reef shark C. melanopterus¸ and scalloped hammerhead Sphyrna lewini are provided, along with a new record of the rarely reported grey nurse shark Carcharias taurus. The diversity of the Gulf’s shark fauna, and possible influences on it, are briefly discussed.

Zootaxa 3167: 1–16 (2012)

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2 Comments

  1. Joe

    THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS ARABIAN GULF. PERSIAN GULF HAS BEEN THERE BEFORE YOU OR ARABS CAME TO EXISTENCE

  2. Parisa

    Before you go over the shark species of the gulf, get the name of it right! It is Persian gulf, like it has always been and it always will be!

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