Freshwater Sharks Rediscovered in Papua New Guinea Fish Market after 50 Years
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Washington Post] By David Shiffman - October 14, 2015
During a recent research expedition to Papua New Guinea, an international team of scientists stumbled across some unusual shark fins and jaws in a fish market on the small island of Daru. Analysis confirmed that they belonged to Speartooth sharks (Glyphis glyphis) and New Guinea River sharks (Glyphis garricki), two rare freshwater shark species that hadn’t been documented in Papua New Guinea since the 1970’s. After training locals and providing them with research equipment, the team was soon able to study the first adult specimens of New Guinea River sharks ever seen by scientists.
These so-called “river sharks” of the genus Glyphis are some of the most rarely seen, poorly understood, and critically...
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