Ocean Partnership for Sustainable Fisheries and Biodiversity Conservation - Models for innovation and reform : Bay of Bengal Project

Previously unreported species of sharks found in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Posted on September 12 2018

A fish landing surveys conducted from January 2017 to April 2018 recorded twelve previously unreported species from the archipelago. These are the bignose shark (Carcharhinus altimus), pigeye shark (Carcharhinus amboinensis), bull shark (Carcharhinus leucas), snaggletooth shark (Hemipristis elongata), slender weasel shark (Paragaleus randalli), Arabian smoothhound shark (Mustelus mosis), Indonesian houndshark (Hemitriakis indroyonoi), sand tiger shark (Carcharias taurus), Indonesian bambooshark (Chiloscyllium hasseltii), tawny nurse shark (Nebrius ferrugineus), dwarf gulper shark (Centrophorus atromarginatus), and the Indonesian shortsnout spurdog (Squalus hemipinnis). These records increase the reported shark species for the archipelago from 47 to 59 and for India from 114 to 116.

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