NEW RECORDS OF GRAVID FEMALE AND ADULT MALE OF THE ANGULAR ROUGH SHARK, OXYNOTUS CENTRINA (OXYNOTIDAE) FROM THE NORTHEASTERN MEDITERRANEAN

New records of gravid female and adult male of the angular rough shark, Oxynotus centrina (Oxynotidae) from the northeastern Mediterranean

Nuri Başusta, Cemal Turan, Asiye Başusta

Fisheries Faculty, Firat University, 23119, Elazığ, TURKEY
Faculty of Marine Sciences and Technology, Mustafa Kemal University, Hatay, TURKEY

Abstract

In this study, two individuals of the angular rough shark Oxynotus centrina as discard by a commercial trawler were examined. Gravid female of this species was recorded for the first time from the northeastern Mediterranean. Occurrence of a gravid female and adult male of O. centrina in the northeastern Mediterranean Sea strongly indicates that there is a nursery area in this region, and mating probably occurs.

Keywords: Oxynotus centrina, reproduction, eastern Mediterranean, shark, elasmobranchs

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