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First records of the false catshark, Pseudotriakis microdon Capello, 1868, from the waters of eastern Australia and Indonesia

Kyne, P.M., Johnson, J.W., White, W.T. and Bennett, M.B. (2005) First records of the false catshark, Pseudotriakis microdon Capello, 1868, from the waters of eastern Australia and Indonesia. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum, 51 (2). pp. 525-530.

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Abstract

A new specimen of a rare deepwater chondrichthyan, the false catshark Pseudotriakis microdon Capello, 1868 is documented from the Coral Sea. This represents the first record of the species from off the east coast of Australia and only the second from Australian waters. The specimen, a 277cm total length (TL) mature male, was captured by exploratory deepwater dropline at a depth of 350m on 03/02/2004. Morphometrics are presented and compared to other published accounts. A further individual, a 287cm TL mature female captured by bottom longline operating at depths of 100-150m around Sawu, Dana and Raijua Islands, southeastern Indonesia, is documented from fish landing sites in Lombok, Indonesia. This individual was not retained and only its sex, maturity and TL were recorded. It represents the first record of P. microdon for Indonesia and for the northeast Indian Ocean. These specimens increase the known range of this rare, sporadically recorded, but widely distributed chondrichthyan.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: Centre for Fish and Fisheries Research
Publisher: Queensland Museum
Copyright: © Queensland Museum
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/14150
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