Friday, 19 September 2008

Sharks and rays galore

It's time to buy a new copy of Sharks and Rays of Australia by Peter Last and John Stevens. The original is now waaaaay behind the times.
Australian scientists have completed an ambitious 18-month project to name and describe more than 100 new species of sharks and rays.

Conducted by scientists working under the auspices of CSIRO’s Wealth From Oceans National Research Flagship, the project named a third of Australia’s – and about a tenth of the world’s – shark and ray species.

The first edition of SRA was released in 1994. In the intervening 14 years, the shark people have been busy classifying the unnamed species described and illustrated in it.

Read the story at CSIRO's news page.

Taxonomy rocks.

The Maugean Skate Zearaja maugeana Last & Gledhill 2007, from Bathurst and Macquarie Harbours in Tasmania is currently listed as Endangered by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals. (Image from CSIRO)

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