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Feeding ecology of silky sharks associated with floating objects

Feeding ecology of silky sharks associated with floating objects

Published online on 14. December 2016 Feeding ecology of silky sharks Carcharhinus falciformis associated with floating objects in the western Indian Ocean Filmalter, J. D., Cowley, P. D., Potier, M., Ménard, F., Smale, M. J., Cherel, Y. and Dagorn, L. ABSTRACT: The silky shark Carcharhinus falciformis is commonly associated with floating objects, including fish aggregating

Sharks shift their spine into high gear

Sharks shift their spine into high gear

Published online on 14. December 2016 Biomaterials: Sharks shift their spine into high gear Matthew A. Kolmann, Adam P. Summers ABSTRACT: It emerges that a dogfish shark’s spine becomes stiffer as the fish swims faster, enabling the animal to swim efficiently at different speeds. The finding could also provide inspiration for the design of robotic

Do White Shark Bites on Surfers Reflect Their Attack Strategies on Pinnipeds?

Do White Shark Bites on Surfers Reflect Their Attack Strategies on Pinnipeds?

Do White Shark Bites on Surfers Reflect Their Attack Strategies on Pinnipeds? Erich Ritter and Alexandra Quester ABSTRACT: The theory of mistaken identity states that sharks, especially white sharks, Carcharodon carcharias, mistake surfers for pinnipeds when looking at them from below and thus bite them erroneously. Photographs of surfer wounds and board damage were interpreted

Predicting occurrence of juvenile shark habitat to improve conservation planning

Predicting occurrence of juvenile shark habitat to improve conservation planning

Published on 30. November 2016 Predicting occurrence of juvenile shark habitat to improve conservation planning Beverly Z.L. Oh, Ana M.M. Sequeira, Mark G. Meekan, Jonathan L.W. Ruppert, Jessica J. Meeuwig ABSTRACT: Fishing and habitat degradation have increased the extinction risk of sharks, and conservation strategies recognize that survival of juveniles is critical for the effective

Dental ontogeny of a white shark embryo

Dental ontogeny of a white shark embryo

Published on 27. November 2016 Dental ontogeny of a white shark embryo Taketeru Tomita, Kei Miyamoto, Akira Kawaguchi, Minoru Toda, Shin-Ichiro Oka, Ryo Nozu, Keiichi Sato ABSTRACT: Unlike most viviparous vertebrates, lamniform sharks develop functional teeth during early gestation. This feature is considered to be related to their unique reproductive mode where the embryo grows

Cutting blade dentitions in squaliform sharks form by modification of inherited alternate tooth ordering patterns

Cutting blade dentitions in squaliform sharks form by modification of inherited alternate tooth ordering patterns

Published on 30. November 2016 Cutting blade dentitions in squaliform sharks form by modification of inherited alternate tooth ordering patterns Charlie Underwood, Zerina Johanson, Moya Meredith Smith ABSTRACT: The squaliform sharks represent one of the most speciose shark clades. Many adult squaliforms have blade-like teeth, either on both jaws or restricted to the lower jaw,

Using unmanned aerial vehicles to investigate shark and ray densities in a shallow coral lagoon

Using unmanned aerial vehicles to investigate shark and ray densities in a shallow coral lagoon

Published on 24. November 2016 Using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to investigate shark and ray densities in a shallow coral lagoon Jeremy J. Kiszka, Johann Mourier, Kirk Gastrich, Michael R. Heithaus ABSTRACT: Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are being increasingly used in studies of marine fauna. Here, we tested the use of a UAV (DJI Phantom

Mitochondrial genome of an Atlantic white shark

Mitochondrial genome of an Atlantic white shark

Published on 22. November 2016 Mitochondrial genome of an Atlantic white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) Nicholas J. Marra, Minghui Wang, Qi Sun, Paulina D. Pavinski Bitar, Michael J. Stanhope & Mahmood S. Shivji ABSTRACT: Here we report the first full mitochondrial genome sequence for a white shark caught in the Atlantic Ocean. The mitochondrial genome is

Bythaelurus bachi n. sp., a new deep-water catshark from the southwestern Indian Ocean

Bythaelurus bachi n. sp., a new deep-water catshark from the southwestern Indian Ocean

Published on 20. December 2016 Bythaelurus bachi n. sp., a new deep-water catshark (Carcharhiniformes, Scyliorhinidae) from the southwestern Indian Ocean, with a review of Bythaelurus species and a key to their identification Weigmann, S., Ebert, D.A., Clerkin, P.J., Stehmann, M.F.W. & Naylor, G.J.P. ABSTRACT: A new deep-water catshark, Bythaelurus bachi, is described based on 44

Sharks in the jungle: real and imagined sea monsters of the Maya

Sharks in the jungle: real and imagined sea monsters of the Maya

Published online on 21. November 2016 Sharks in the jungle: real and imagined sea monsters of the Maya Sarah E. Newman ABSTRACT: Representations and remains of sharks are found in Mesoamerican art and archaeology from the first millennium BC onwards. They appear at coastal sites, but also remarkably far inland, hundreds of kilometres from the

Characterization and Trends of a Land-Based Recreational Shark Fishery

Characterization and Trends of a Land-Based Recreational Shark Fishery

Published online on 10. November 2016 Was Everything Bigger in Texas? Characterization and Trends of a Land-Based Recreational Shark Fishery Matthew J. Ajemian, Philip D. Jose, John T. Froeschke, Mark L. Wildhaber, Gregory W. Stunz ABSTRACT: Although current assessments of shark population trends involve both fishery-independent and fishery-dependent data, the latter are generally limited to

Virtual reconstruction of the skeletal labyrinth of two lamnid sharks

Virtual reconstruction of the skeletal labyrinth of two lamnid sharks

Published on 22. November 2016 Virtual reconstruction of the skeletal labyrinth of two lamnid sharks (Elasmobranchii, Lamniformes) L. Schnetz, J. Kriwet, C. Pfaff ABSTRACT: The first virtual reconstruction of the skeletal labyrinth of the porbeagle shark Lamna nasus and the shortfin mako shark Isurus oxyrinchus is presented here using high-resolution micro-computed tomography. The results, in

Population characteristics of a large whale shark aggregation inferred from seawater environmental DNA

Population characteristics of a large whale shark aggregation inferred from seawater environmental DNA

Published online on 21. November 2016 Population characteristics of a large whale shark aggregation inferred from seawater environmental DNA Eva Egelyng Sigsgaard, Ida Broman Nielsen, Steffen Sanvig Bach, Eline D. Lorenzen, David Philip Robinson, Steen Wilhelm Knudsen, Mikkel Winther Pedersen, Mohammed Al Jaidah, Ludovic Orlando, Eske Willerslev, Peter Rask Møller, Philip Francis Thomsen ABSTRACT: Population

The ecological connectivity of whale shark aggregations in the Indian Ocean

The ecological connectivity of whale shark aggregations in the Indian Ocean

Published on 16. November 2016 The ecological connectivity of whale shark aggregations in the Indian Ocean: a photo-identification approach Samantha Andrzejaczek, Jessica Meeuwig, David Rowat, Simon Pierce, Tim Davies, Rebecca Fisher, Mark Meekan ABSTRACT: Genetic and modelling studies suggest that seasonal aggregations of whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) at coastal sites in the tropics may be

Shark finning in eastern Indonesia

Shark finning in eastern Indonesia

Published online on 11. November 2016 Shark finning in eastern Indonesia: assessing the sustainability of a data-poor fishery Vanessa F. Jaiteh, Adrian R. Hordyk, Matías Braccini, Carol Warren, Neil R. Loneragan ABSTRACT: For over two decades, Indonesia has reported higher average shark landings than any other nation, but very little local information exists on the

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