Scientific Papers

A new longsnout skate from the Philippines

A new longsnout skate from the Philippines

Published on 24. December 2013 Dipturus amphispinus sp. nov., a new longsnout skate (Rajoidei: Rajidae) from the Philippines PETER R. LAST, MOONYEEN ALAVA ABSTRACT: A new long-snouted skate, Dipturus amphispinus sp. nov., is formally described based on material caught in the Sulu Sea and later acquired from fish markets of the central and southern Philippines.

Redescription of Aetobatus flagellum, an endangered eagle ray from the Indo–West Pacific

Redescription of Aetobatus flagellum, an endangered eagle ray from the Indo–West Pacific

Published on 24. December 2013 Redescription of Aetobatus flagellum (Bloch & Schneider, 1801), an endangered eagle ray (Myliobatoidea: Myliobatidae) from the Indo–West Pacific WILLIAM T. WHITE, Alec B.M. Moore ABSTRACT: The eagle ray Aetobatus flagellum (Bloch & Schneider, 1801) is redescribed based on new material from the Persian Gulf (Kuwait), Indonesia and Malaysia. A related

A new species of wedgefish from Taiwan

A new species of wedgefish from Taiwan

Published on 24. December 2013 A new species of wedgefish, Rhynchobatus immaculatus (Chondrichthyes, Rhynchobatidae), from Taiwan PETER R. LAST, HSUAN-CHING HO, ROU-RONG CHEN ABSTRACT: A new species of wedgefish, Rhynchobatus immaculatus sp. nov., is described from a small collection of specimens obtained from fish markets in northern Taiwan. It is probably a medium-sized species (probably

Redescription of Paragaleus tengi and first record of Paragaleus randalli from the western North Pacific

Redescription of Paragaleus tengi and first record of Paragaleus randalli from the western North Pacific

Published on 24. December 2013 Redescription of Paragaleus tengi (Chen, 1963) (Carcharhiniformes: Hemigaleidae) and first record of Paragaleus randalli Compagno, Krupp & Carpenter, 1996 from the western North Pacific WILLIAM T. WHITE, MARK HARRIS ABSTRACT: Paragaleus tengi was previously considered to be the only member of this genus occurring in the Western Pacific, with Paragaleus

A review of the genus Apristurus from Taiwanese waters

A review of the genus Apristurus from Taiwanese waters

Published on 24. December 2013 A review of the genus Apristurus (Chondrichthyes: Carcharhiniformes: Scyliorhinidae) from Taiwanese waters KAZUHIRO NAKAYA, JUNRO KAWAUCHI ABSTRACT: Sharks of the genus Apristurus from Taiwanese waters are reviewed for the first time, and incorrect scientific names and wrong taxonomic information given in the literature are corrected. After extensive examination of specimens

A review of the genus Cephaloscyllium from Taiwanese waters

A review of the genus Cephaloscyllium from Taiwanese waters

Published on 24. December 2013 A review of the genus Cephaloscyllium (Chondrichthyes: Carcharhiniformes: Scyliorhinidae) from Taiwanese waters KAZUHIRO NAKAYA, SHINSUKE INOUE, HSUAN-CHING HO ABSTRACT : Sharks of the genus Cephaloscyllium from Taiwan were reviewed. After extensive survey of the specimens deposited in museums, universities and fisheries institutions in Taiwan and Japan, the following four species

A new sawshark species from the Western North Pacific

A new sawshark species from the Western North Pacific

Published on 24. December 2013 Pristiophorus lanae sp. nov., a new sawshark species from the Western North Pacific, with comments on the genus Pristiophorus Müller & Henle, 1837 (Chondrichthyes: Pristiophoridae) David A. Ebert, Hana A. Wilms ABSTRACT: A new species of sawshark, Pristiophorus lanae sp. nov., is described from off the Philippine Islands. The new

Recovery of the holotype of the ocellated angelshark

Recovery of the holotype of the ocellated angelshark

Published on 24. December 2013 Lost and found: recovery of the holotype of the ocellated angelshark, Squatina tergocellatoides Chen, 1963 (Squatinidae), with comments on western Pacific squatinids SUSAN M. THEISS, DAVID A. EBERT ABSTRACT: The ocellated angelshark, Squatina tergocellatoides, Chen, 1963 is redescribed from the holotype, which was thought to be lost. Its recent recovery

Revision of the genus Centrophorus – Part 1

Revision of the genus Centrophorus – Part 1

Published on 24. December 2013 Revision of the genus Centrophorus (Squaliformes: Centrophoridae): Part 1—Redescription of Centrophorus granulosus (Bloch & Schneider), a senior synonym of C. acus Garman and C. niaukang Teng WILLIAM T. WHITE, DAVID A. EBERT, GAVIN J.P. NAYLOR, HSUAN-CHING HO, PAUL CLERKIN, ANA VERÍSSIMO, CHARLES F. COTTON ABSTRACT: The genus Centrophorus is one

Redescription of the bigeyed sixgill shark

Redescription of the bigeyed sixgill shark

Published on 24 December 2013 Redescription of Hexanchus nakamurai Teng 1962, (Chondrichthyes: Hexanchiformes: Hexanchidae), with designation of a neotype David A. Ebert, William T. White, HSUAN-CHING HO ABSTRACT: Hexanchus nakamurai Teng, 1962 is one of two valid nominal species in the genus Hexanchus; the other being H. griseus. The taxonomic history of H. nakamurai is

Introduction to the systematics and biodiversity of sharks, rays, and chimaeras of Taiwan

Introduction to the systematics and biodiversity of sharks, rays, and chimaeras of Taiwan

Published on 24 December 2013 Introduction to the systematics and biodiversity of sharks, rays, and chimaeras (Chondrichthyes) of Taiwan DAVID A. EBERT, HSUAN-CHING HO, WILLIAM T. WHITE, MARCELO R. DE CARVALHO ABSTRACT: All 13 orders of chondrichthyan fishes occur in Taiwanese waters, representing 52 chondrichthyan families (31 shark, 19 batoid, 2 chimaeroid) and 98 genera

Evolutionary and Ecological Relationships of Gill Slit Morphology in Extant Sharks

Evolutionary and Ecological Relationships of Gill Slit Morphology in Extant Sharks

Published in December 2013 Evolutionary and Ecological Relationships of Gill Slit Morphology in Extant Sharks Jocelyne L. Dolce and Cheryl D. Wilga ABSTRACT: One of the defining characteristics of Elasmobranchii is the external gill slits, through which water is expelled during exhalation. The morphology of the gill slits is presumed to vary among elasmobranchs, between

Diagnosing the dangerous demography of manta rays

Diagnosing the dangerous demography of manta rays

Published on 20. December 2013 Diagnosing the dangerous demography of manta rays using life history theory Nicholas K Dulvy​, Sebastián A. Pardo, Colin A. Simpfendorfer, John K. Carlson ABSTRACT: The directed harvest and global trade in the gill plates of mantas, and other mobulid rays, has led to increased fishing pressure and steep population declines

Marine stingray injuries to the extremities

Marine stingray injuries to the extremities

Published online on 17. December 2013 Marine stingray injuries to the extremities: Series of three cases with emphasis on imaging S Srinivasan, JIE Bosco, R Lohan ABSTRACT: Stingray injuries are usually reported from coastal regions. The injury is caused by the tail spine of the stingray, which can penetrate deep into the soft tissues, and

First evidence of natal philopatry and long-term fidelity to parturition sites in sharks

First evidence of natal philopatry and long-term fidelity to parturition sites in sharks

Published online on 09. December 2013 Two decades of genetic profiling yields first evidence of natal philopatry and long-term fidelity to parturition sites in sharks Feldheim, K. A., Gruber, S. H., DiBattista, J. D., Babcock, E. A., Kessel, S. T., Hendry, A. P., Pikitch, E. K., Ashley, M. V. and Chapman, D. D. ABSTRACT: Sharks