First record of the sand tiger shark from United Arab Emirates waters

paper8Published in January 2013

First record of the sand tiger shark, Carcharias taurus, from United Arab Emirates waters

Rima W. Jabado, Saif M. Al Ghais, Waleed Hamza, Aaron C. Henderson and Mohamed A. Ahmad

ABSTRACT:

On 18 March 2012, a female specimen of the sand tiger shark, Carcharias taurus, measuring 256 cm, was by-caught by a net fisherman targeting narrow-barred Spanish mackerel, Scomberomorus commerson, off Dalma Island in Abu Dhabi waters. This occurrence represents the first documented record of C. taurus in United Arab Emirates waters. The geographical distribution of this species in the Arabian/Persian Gulf is discussed and updated. The limited records of this species in this body of water may be due to the absence of rigorous species landing reports across countries bordering the Arabian/Persian Gulf.

Marine Biodiversity Records, 6, e27 doi:10.1017/S1755267213000043

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