Publications

Taxonomic status of maskrays of the Neotrygon kuhlii species complex with the description of three new species

Taxonomic status of maskrays of the Neotrygon kuhlii species complex with the description of three new species

Published on 23. February 2016 Taxonomic status of maskrays of the Neotrygon kuhlii species complex (Myliobatoidei: Dasyatidae) with the description of three new species from the Indo-West Pacific Peter R. Last, William T. White, Bernard Séret ABSTRACT: The bluespotted maskray, Neotrygon kuhlii (Müller & Henle, 1841), once thought to be widely distributed in the Indo-West

Preparation, anti-biofouling and drag-reduction properties of a biomimetic shark skin surface

Preparation, anti-biofouling and drag-reduction properties of a biomimetic shark skin surface

Published online on 02. March 2016 Preparation, anti-biofouling and drag-reduction properties of a biomimetic shark skin surface Xia Pu, Guangji Li, Hanlu Huang ABSTRACT: Shark skin surfaces show non-smoothness characteristics due to the presence of a riblet structure. In this study, biomimetic shark skin was prepared by using the polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)-embedded elastomeric stamping (PEES) method.

Reproductive parameters of the Pacific angel shark

Reproductive parameters of the Pacific angel shark

Published online on 02. March 2016 Reproductive parameters of the Pacific angel shark Squatina californica (Selachii: Squatinidae) A. F. Romero-Caicedo, F. Galván-Magaña, A. Hernández-Herrera, M. Carrera-Fernández ABSTRACT: Reproductive characteristics of the Pacific angel shark, Squatina californica, were evaluated from 420 specimens obtained from the artisanal fishery in La Paz Bay, Gulf of California, Mexico. Females

Use of Photo-Identification and Mark-Recapture Methodology to Assess Basking Shark Populations

Use of Photo-Identification and Mark-Recapture Methodology to Assess Basking Shark Populations

Published on 01. March 2016 Use of Photo-Identification and Mark-Recapture Methodology to Assess Basking Shark (Cetorhinus maximus) Populations Mauvis A. Gore, Peter H. Frey, Rupert F. Ormond, Holly Allan, Gabriella Gilkes ABSTRACT : Following centuries of exploitation, basking sharks (Cetorhinus maximus) are considered by IUCN as Endangered in the Northeast Atlantic, where they have now

Seasonal and life-stage variation in the reproductive ecology of the tiger shark at a protected female-dominated site

Seasonal and life-stage variation in the reproductive ecology of the tiger shark at a protected female-dominated site

Published online on 22. February 2016 Seasonal and life-stage variation in the reproductive ecology of a marine apex predator, the tiger shark Galeocerdo cuvier, at a protected female-dominated site James A. Sulikowski, Carolyn R. Wheeler, Austin J. Gallagher, Bianca K. Prohaska, Joseph A. Langan, Neil Hammerschlag ABSTRACT: Advancing our knowledge of the reproductive biology and

Multimodel approaches in shark and ray growth studies

Multimodel approaches in shark and ray growth studies

Published online on 23. February 2016 Multimodel approaches in shark and ray growth studies: strengths, weaknesses and the future Jonathan J Smart, Andrew Chin, Andrew J Tobin, Colin A Simpfendorfer ABSTRACT: Multimodel frameworks are common in contemporary elasmobranch growth literature. These techniques offer a proposed improvement over individual growth functions by incorporating additional candidate models

Temperature Insensitivity and Behavioural Reduction of the Physiological Stress Response to Longline Capture by the Gummy Shark

Temperature Insensitivity and Behavioural Reduction of the Physiological Stress Response to Longline Capture by the Gummy Shark

Published on 17. February 2016 Temperature Insensitivity and Behavioural Reduction of the Physiological Stress Response to Longline Capture by the Gummy Shark, Mustelus antarcticus Leonardo Guida, Terence I. Walker, Richard D. Reina ABSTRACT: Many factors influence the physiological stress response to fisheries capture in elasmobranchs. However, the influence of sea surface temperatures (SST) and behaviour

Critical assessment and ramifications of a purported marine trophic cascade

Critical assessment and ramifications of a purported marine trophic cascade

Published online on 15. February 2016 Critical assessment and ramifications of a purported marine trophic cascade R. Dean Grubbs, John K. Carlson, Jason G. Romine, Tobey H. Curtis, W. David McElroy, Camilla T. McCandless, Charles F. Cotton & John A. Musick ABSTRACT: When identifying potential trophic cascades, it is important to clearly establish the trophic

An ancient dental gene set governs development and continuous regeneration of teeth in sharks

An ancient dental gene set governs development and continuous regeneration of teeth in sharks

Published online on 01. February 2016 An ancient dental gene set governs development and continuous regeneration of teeth in sharks Liam J. Rasch, Kyle J. Martin, Rory L. Cooper, Brian D. Metscher, Charlie J. Underwood, Gareth J. Fraser ABSTRACT: The evolution of oral teeth is considered a major contributor to the overall success of jawed

Reassessing the trophic role of reef sharks as apex predators on coral reefs

Reassessing the trophic role of reef sharks as apex predators on coral reefs

Published online on 15. February 2016 Reassessing the trophic role of reef sharks as apex predators on coral reefs Ashley J. Frisch, Matthew Ireland, Justin R. Rizzari, Oona M. Lönnstedt, Katalin A. Magnenat, Christopher E. Mirbach, Jean-Paul A. Hobbs ABSTRACT: Apex predators often have strong top-down effects on ecosystem components and are therefore a priority

Global Priorities for Conserving Sharks and Rays: A 2015–2025 Strategy

Global Priorities for Conserving Sharks and Rays: A 2015–2025 Strategy

Bräutigam, A., Callow, M., Campbell, I.R., Camhi, M.D., Cornish, A.S., Dulvy, N.K., Fordham, S.V., Fowler, S.L., Hood, A.R., McClennen, C., Reuter, E.L., Sant, G., Simpfendorfer, C.A. and Welch, D.J. (2015). Global Priorities for Conserving Sharks and Rays: A 2015–2025 Strategy. Global Sharks and Rays Initiative PDF – DOWNLOAD  

Ontogeny of head and caudal fin shape of an apex marine predator: The tiger shark

Ontogeny of head and caudal fin shape of an apex marine predator: The tiger shark

11. February 2016 Ontogeny of head and caudal fin shape of an apex marine predator: The tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) Amy L. Fu, Neil Hammerschlag, George V. Lauder, Cheryl D. Wilga, Chi-Yun Kuo, Duncan J. Irschick ABSTRACT: How morphology changes with size can have profound effects on the life history and ecology of an animal.

Annotated checklist of the living sharks, batoids and chimaeras (Chondrichthyes) of the world

Annotated checklist of the living sharks, batoids and chimaeras (Chondrichthyes) of the world

Published online on 10. February 2016 Annotated checklist of the living sharks, batoids and chimaeras (Chondrichthyes) of the world, with a focus on biogeographical diversity S. Weigmann ABSTRACT: An annotated checklist of the chondrichthyan fishes (sharks, batoids and chimaeras) of the world is presented. As of 7 November 2015, the number of species totals 1188,

Mobula kuhlii cleaning station identified at an inshore reef in southern Mozambique

Mobula kuhlii cleaning station identified at an inshore reef in southern Mozambique

Published on 09. February 2016 Mobula kuhlii cleaning station identified at an inshore reef in southern Mozambique Calum JG Murie​, Andrea D Marshall ABSTRACT : Cleaning interactions between the short fin devil ray, Mobula kuhlii, and the blue streaked cleaner wrasse, Labroides dimidiatus, were observed at two sites on a single reef in southern Mozambique.

Shark parasites as bio-indicators of metals in two South African embayments

Shark parasites as bio-indicators of metals in two South African embayments

Published online on 05. February 2016 Shark parasites as bio-indicators of metals in two South African embayments Thomas Morris, Annemariè Avenant-Oldewage, Stephen Lamberth, Cecile Reed ABSTRACT: Concentrations of metals in the tissues of the sharks Callorhinchus capensis, Rhinobatos annulatus and Rhinobatos blochii collected in False Bay and Saldanha Bay, South Africa, in 2013 were investigated.