Scientific Papers

Species composition and aspects of the biology of Orectolobiformes from Indonesian waters

Species composition and aspects of the biology of Orectolobiformes from Indonesian waters

Published online on 26. December 2014 Species composition and aspects of the biology of Orectolobiformes from Indonesian waters Dharmadi, Fahmi, W. T. White ABSTRACT: The biological aspects of members of the order Orectolobiformes exploited in Indonesian waters are given. Seven species belonging to five families were recorded in the catches at various landing sites in

Long-term sperm storage in the brownbanded bamboo shark

Long-term sperm storage in the brownbanded bamboo shark

Published online on 28. December 2014 Long-term sperm storage in the brownbanded bamboo shark Chiloscyllium punctatum M. A. Bernal, N. L. Sinai, C. Rocha, M. R. Gaither, F. Dunker, L. A. Rocha ABSTRACT: This study investigated the birth of a brownbanded bamboo shark Chiloscyllium punctatum at the Steinhart Aquarium. Genetic analyses suggest this is the

Metazoan parasite communities and diet of the velvet belly lantern shark

Metazoan parasite communities and diet of the velvet belly lantern shark

Published online on 26. December 2014 Metazoan parasite communities and diet of the velvet belly lantern shark Etmopterus spinax (Squaliformes: Etmopteridae): a comparison of two deep-sea ecosystems W. Isbert, C. Rodríguez-Cabello, I. Frutos, I. Preciado. F. E. Montero, A. Pérez-del-Olmo ABSTRACT: By combining an examination of stomach contents yielding a snapshot of the most recent

Whale Shark Seasonal Presence, Residence Time and Habitat Use at Darwin Island, Galapagos Marine Reserve

Whale Shark Seasonal Presence, Residence Time and Habitat Use at Darwin Island, Galapagos Marine Reserve

Published on 31. December 2014 Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus) Seasonal Presence, Residence Time and Habitat Use at Darwin Island, Galapagos Marine Reserve David Acuña-Marrero, Jesús Jiménez, Franz Smith, Paul F. Doherty Jr., Alex Hearn, Jonathan R. Green, Jules Paredes-Jarrín, Pelayo Salinas-de-León ABSTRACT: The life history of the whale shark (Rhincodon typus), including its reproductive ecology,

Morphology of the ampullae of Lorenzini in juvenile freshwater bull sharks

Morphology of the ampullae of Lorenzini in juvenile freshwater bull sharks

Published online on 17. December 2014 Morphology of the ampullae of Lorenzini in juvenile freshwater Carcharhinus leucas Darryl L. Whitehead, Arnault R.G. Gauthier, Erica W.H. Mu, Mike B. Bennett, Ian R. Tibbetts ABSTRACT: Ampullae of Lorenzini were examined from juvenile Carcharhinus leucas (831–1,045 mm total length) captured from freshwater regions of the Brisbane River. The

Distribution and feeding habitat characterization of whale sharks in a protected area in the north Caribbean Sea

Distribution and feeding habitat characterization of whale sharks in a protected area in the north Caribbean Sea

Published online on 19. December 2014 Distribution and feeding habitat characterization of whale sharks Rhincodon typus in a protected area in the north Caribbean Sea N. Cárdenas-Palomo, J. Herrera-Silveira, I. Velázquez-Abunader, O. Reyes, U. Ordoñez ABSTRACT: The relationship between the distribution of the whale shark Rhincodon typus and hydrobiological variables in the Caribbean Sea during

Maternal offloading of organochlorine contaminants in the yolk-sac placental scalloped hammerhead shark

Maternal offloading of organochlorine contaminants in the yolk-sac placental scalloped hammerhead shark

Published on 20. December 2014 Maternal offloading of organochlorine contaminants in the yolk-sac placental scalloped hammerhead shark (Sphyrna lewini) Kady Lyons, Douglas H. Adams ABSTRACT: Elasmobranchs are a group of animals that typically occupy upper trophic levels in food webs and have a propensity to accumulate high contaminant concentrations. To date, few studies have investigated

The Value of Taxon-focused Science: 30 Years of Elasmobranchs in Biological Research and Outreach

The Value of Taxon-focused Science: 30 Years of Elasmobranchs in Biological Research and Outreach

Published on 16. December 2014 The Value of Taxon-focused Science: 30 Years of Elasmobranchs in Biological Research and Outreach Lara A. Ferry, David S. Shiffman ABSTRACT: Due to an intense level of interest from the media, the public, conservation NGOs, and policymakers, the scientific study of charismatic megafauna is perceived by some researchers as associated

Are depredation rates by reef sharks influenced by fisher behaviour?

Are depredation rates by reef sharks influenced by fisher behaviour?

Published on 17. December 2014 Are depredation rates by reef sharks influenced by fisher behaviour? Magen Schifiliti​, Dianne L McLean, Tim J Langlois, Matthew J Birt, Peter Barnes, Ryan Kempster ABSTRACT: Shark depredation (damage to gear and loss of bait or hooked fish by a non-target species) is a common global occurrence. Depredation events by

Chimaera carophila, a new species of chimaera from New Zealand

Chimaera carophila, a new species of chimaera from New Zealand

Published online on 05. December 2014 Chimaera carophila (Chondrichthyes: Chimaeriformes: Chimaeridae), a new species of chimaera from New Zealand Jenny M Kemper, David A Ebert, Gavin JP Naylor, Dominique Didier ABSTRACT: A new species of chimaeroid, Chimaera carophila sp. nov., is described from 37 specimens collected from deepwater slopes and seamounts around New Zealand. The

Development of microsatellite markers for globally distributed populations of the threatened silky shark

Development of microsatellite markers for globally distributed populations of the threatened silky shark

Published on 05. December 2014 Development of microsatellite markers for globally distributed populations of the threatened silky shark, Carcharhinus falciformis J. R. O’Bryhim, J. Spaet, J. R. Hyde, K. L. Jones, D. H. Adams, S. L. Lance ABSTRACT: Eighteen microsatellite loci were developed for the silky shark Carcharhinus falciformis and screened across a total of

Evaluating manta ray mucus as an alternative DNA source for population genetics study

Evaluating manta ray mucus as an alternative DNA source for population genetics study

Published on 12. December 2014 Evaluating manta ray mucus as an alternative DNA source for population genetics study: underwater-sampling, dry-storage and PCR success Tom Kashiwagi, Elisabeth A Maxwell, Andrea D Marshall, Ana B Christensen ABSTRACT: Sharks and rays are increasingly being identified as high-risk species for extinction, prompting urgent assessments of their local or regional

Stable isotope analysis of vertebrae reveals ontogenetic changes in habitat in an endothermic pelagic shark

Stable isotope analysis of vertebrae reveals ontogenetic changes in habitat in an endothermic pelagic shark

Published on 10. December 2014 Stable isotope analysis of vertebrae reveals ontogenetic changes in habitat in an endothermic pelagic shark Aaron B. Carlisle, Kenneth J. Goldman, Steven Y. Litvin, Daniel J. Madigan, Jennifer S. Bigman, Alan M. Swithenbank, Thomas C. Kline, Barbara A. Block ABSTRACT: Ontogenetic changes in habitat are driven by shifting life-history requirements

The Jaws Effect: How movie narratives are used to influence policy responses to shark bites in Western Australia

The Jaws Effect: How movie narratives are used to influence policy responses to shark bites in Western Australia

Published on 06. December 2014 The Jaws Effect: How movie narratives are used to influence policy responses to shark bites in Western Australia Christopher Neff ABSTRACT: This article examines the way political actors use film narratives to influence policymaking following shark bites. To analyse these relationships I propose the concept of the Jaws Effect, where

The trade in sharks and their products in the United Arab Emirates

The trade in sharks and their products in the United Arab Emirates

Published online on 05. December 2014 The trade in sharks and their products in the United Arab Emirates Rima W. Jabado, Saif M. Al Ghais, Waleed Hamza, Aaron C. Henderson, Julia L.Y. Spaet, Mahmood S. Shivji, Robert H. Hanner ABSTRACT: The rapid growth in the demand for shark products, particularly fins, has led to the