Recent record of Odontaspis ferox (Risso, 1810) in Northern Cyprus (Eastern Mediterranean Sea)

Recent record of Odontaspis ferox (Risso, 1810) in Northern Cyprus (Eastern Mediterranean Sea)

Hasan Deniz Akbora, Erdi Bayri, Deniz Ayas, Burak Ali Çiçek

Faculty of Fisheries, Mersin University Yenişehir Campus, 33160, Mersin, TURKEY
Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta 99628, North Cyprus Mersin 10, TURKEY


A female specimen of smalltooth sandtiger shark, Odontaspis ferox (Risso, 1810), was caught on April 24, 2018, near Yeni Erenköy, Northern Cyprus at 41 m in depth, by a local commercial fisher. The photos and necessary measurements of the specimen were taken immediately before being sold to a local fish restaurant in Cyprus. This catch is the largest reported O. ferox catch around Cyprus, with a total length of 430 cm.

Keywords: Smalltooth sandtiger shark, Odontaspis ferox, Lamniformes, elasmobranch, by-catch.

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