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A review of elasmobranch research in the Red Sea

Authors

  • J. L. Y. Spaet,

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    1. Red Sea Research Center, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal 23955, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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  • S. R. Thorrold,

    1. Biology Department, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA 02453, U.S.A.
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  • M. L. Berumen

    1. Red Sea Research Center, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal 23955, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
    2. Biology Department, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA 02453, U.S.A.
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Tel.: +966 562614825; email: Julia.Spaet@kaust.edu.sa

Abstract

Given the global concern about the status of elasmobranch fishes, the paucity of information on elasmobranchs in the Red Sea is worrisome. Management of elasmobranchs in areas other than the Red Sea has been helped by research on population ecology, reproductive biology and resource partitioning, subjects that are virtually absent in the Red Sea elasmobranch literature. This review provides the first comprehensive summary of elasmobranch biology in the Red Sea with the aim of facilitating research in a region that remains remarkably under-studied.

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