New Shark Species found in fish market
Fish taxonomists found the previously unknown shark at a market in Taiwan—no big surprise, according to study co-author William White.
“Most fish markets in the region will regularly contain sharks,” White, of theCommonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization in Hobart, Australia, said via email.
In fact, he and a colleague had headed to the Tashi Fish Market specifically to “collect some material and to see whether there were noticeable differences in the [shark] catches from previous decades,” he said.
“Amongst a number of other species, we collected a number of Squalusspecies—one of which was this new high-fin species.”
The new species, Squalus formosus, is a three-foot-long (one-meter-long) short-nosed dogfish. It’s distinguished from other dogfish species in theSqualus genusby a particularly upright first fin on its back, a strong spine, and a very short, rounded head, White said.