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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091617/switch-from-sexual-to-parthenogenetic-reproduction-in-a-zebra-shark
#1
Christine L Dudgeon, Laura Coulton, Ren Bone, Jennifer R Ovenden, Severine Thomas
Parthenogenesis is a natural form of asexual reproduction in which embryos develop in the absence of fertilisation. Most commonly found in plants and invertebrate organisms, an increasing number of vertebrate species have recently been reported employing this reproductive strategy. Here we use DNA genotyping to report the first demonstration of an intra-individual switch from sexual to parthenogenetic reproduction in a shark species, the zebra shark Stegostoma fasciatum. A co-housed, sexually produced daughter zebra shark also commenced parthenogenetic reproduction at the onset of maturity without any prior mating...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080920/phaeohyphomycosis-associated-with-ossification-of-the-skull-and-cervical-vertebrae-in-a-swell-shark-cephaloscyllium-ventriosum
#2
Claire D Erlacher-Reid, Hendrik H Nollens, Todd L Schmitt, Judy St Leger, Sarena Sunico
A female, captive bred, juvenile swell shark ( Cephaloscyllium ventriosum ) was observed swimming in tight circles and rolling. Radiographs and computed tomography of this individual revealed extensive cartilage mineralization of the skull and cranial cervical vertebrae compared with diagnostic images of clinically healthy conspecifics. Gross necropsy and histopathologic examination revealed ossification and fibrosis of the cartilaginous matrix of the skull and cervical vertebrae with deep invasion by a pigmented hyphal fungus...
December 2016: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080905/plasma-protein-electrophoresis-and-select-acute-phase-proteins-in-healthy-bonnethead-sharks-sphyrna-tiburo-under-managed-care
#3
Michael W Hyatt, Cara L Field, Tonya M Clauss, Kristopher L Arheart, Carolyn Cray
Preventative health care of elasmobranchs is an important but understudied field of aquatic veterinary medicine. Evaluation of inflammation through the acute phase response is a valuable tool in health assessments. To better assess the health of bonnethead sharks ( Sphyrna tiburo ) under managed care, normal reference intervals of protein electrophoresis (EPH) and the acute phase proteins, C-reactive protein (CRP) and haptoglobin (HP), were established. Blood was collected from wild caught, captive raised bonnethead sharks housed at public aquaria...
December 2016: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062996/trebius-benzi-n-sp-siphonostomatoida-trebiidae-infecting-squalus-acutipinnis-regan-off-south-africa
#4
Susan M Dippenaar
Trebius Krøyer, 1838 currently consists of 15 accepted species all infecting elasmobranchs. Apart from two species, i.e. T. caudatus Krøyer, 1838 and T. latifurcatus Wilson, 1921, that have been reported from ten and eight host species, respectively, the other 13 species have each been reported from only one or two host species. Trebius benzi n. sp., collected from Squalus acutipinnis Regan, is described and illustrated after examination through stereo- and compound microscopes. This species can be distinguished from the other known species by a combination of characters including an abdomen that is shorter than the genital complex, a maxillule with an endite that consists of a single-tined dentiform process, sternal furca tines that are blunt and as long as the base, and the innermost spine of the last exopodal segment of leg 1 the shortest...
January 2017: Systematic Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28026018/a-preliminary-investigation-into-the-morphology-of-oral-papillae-and-denticles-of-blue-sharks-prionace-glauca-with-inferences-about-its-functional-significance-across-life-stages
#5
Bianca de S Rangel, Natascha Wosnick, Neil Hammerschlag, Adriano P Ciena, José Roberto Kfoury Junior, Rose E G Rici
Sensory organs in elasmobranchs (sharks, skates, rays) detect and respond to a different set of biotic and/or abiotic stimuli, through sight, smell, taste, hearing, mechanoreception and electroreception. Although gustation is crucial for survival and essential for growth, mobility, and maintenance of neural activity and the proper functioning of the immune system, comparatively little is known about this sensory system in elasmobranchs. Here we present a preliminary investigation into the structural and dimensional characteristics of the oral papillae and denticles found in the oropharyngeal cavity of the blue shark (Prionace glauca) during embryonic development through adulthood...
December 27, 2016: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018617/cutting-blade-dentitions-in-squaliform-sharks-form-by-modification-of-inherited-alternate-tooth-ordering-patterns
#6
Charlie Underwood, Zerina Johanson, Moya Meredith Smith
The squaliform sharks represent one of the most speciose shark clades. Many adult squaliforms have blade-like teeth, either on both jaws or restricted to the lower jaw, forming a continuous, serrated blade along the jaw margin. These teeth are replaced as a single unit and successor teeth lack the alternate arrangement present in other elasmobranchs. Micro-CT scans of embryos of squaliforms and a related outgroup (Pristiophoridae) revealed that the squaliform dentition pattern represents a highly modified version of tooth replacement seen in other clades...
November 2016: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27977062/comparison-of-hematology-plasma-biochemistry-and-blood-gas-variables-between-2-venipuncture-sites-in-southern-stingrays-dasyatis-americana
#7
Brianne E Phillips, Emily F Christiansen, Michael K Stoskopf, Heather Broadhurst, Robert George, Craig A Harms
BACKGROUND: The Southern Stingray (Dasyatis americana) is a batoid elasmobranch frequently exhibited in zoological institutions. Blood is commonly collected from the caudal hemal arch at the tail base in stingrays for the purpose of health assessment and clinical pathology tests. An alternative site that allows a dorsal or ventral approach without necessitating puncture of a cartilaginous structure has been identified between the cartilaginous pectoral fin rays (ceratotrichia). OBJECTIVES: The purpose of the study was to compare CBC, plasma biochemistry analytes, and blood gas variables between blood samples collected from the caudal and pectoral fin vasculature sites of the Southern Stingray...
December 2016: Veterinary Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27973339/a-new-genus-of-rhinebothriidean-cestodes-from-batoid-elasmobranchs-with-the-description-of-five-new-species-and-two-new-combinations
#8
Florian B Reyda, Claire J Healy, Andrew R Haslach, Timothy R Ruhnke, Tara L Aprill, Michael P Bergman, Andrew L Daigler, Elsie A Dedrick, Illari Delgado, Kathryn S Forti, Kaylee S Herzog, Rebecca S Russell, Danielle D Willsey
Survey work of batoid elasmobranchs in the eastern Atlantic and Indo-Pacific revealed multiple species of a new genus of cestode. Stillabothrium Healy et Reyda gen. n. (Rhinebothriidea: Escherbothriidae) is unique in its possession of an even number of non-medial longitudinal septa in the posterior portion of the bothridia, resulting in a series of loculi that are longer than wide (i.e. vertically oriented) and are arranged in columns. Five new species of Stillabothrium are described, S. ashleyae Willsey et Reyda sp...
November 10, 2016: Folia Parasitologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890265/review-of-rebuttal-to-published-article-a-review-of-ghost-gear-entanglement-amongst-marine-mammals-reptiles-and-elasmobranchs-by-m-stelfox-j-hudgins-and-m-sweet
#9
REVIEW
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878818/virtual-reconstruction-of-the-skeletal-labyrinth-of-two-lamnid-sharks-elasmobranchii-lamniformes
#10
L Schnetz, J Kriwet, C Pfaff
The first virtual reconstruction of the skeletal labyrinth of the porbeagle shark Lamna nasus and the shortfin mako shark Isurus oxyrinchus is presented here using high-resolution micro-computed tomography. The results, in comparison with previously published information, suggest relationships between skeletal labyrinth morphology and locomotion mode in chondrichthyans, but also show that further studies are required to establish such connections. Nevertheless, this study adds to the knowledge of the skeletal labyrinth morphology in two apex elasmobranch species...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Fish Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876850/dna-barcoding-of-mobulid-ray-gill-rakers-for-implementing-cites-on-elasmobranch-in-china
#11
Yan Zeng, Zhongze Wu, Chunguang Zhang, Zhibin Meng, Zhigang Jiang, Jie Zhang
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has been counted on for conserving threatened marine fish since it regulates the commercial international trade of these species. Implementation of the international treaty for Mantas included on CITES Appendix II is challenging due to insufficient information on species identification and markets management. To fill the gap in such aspects, we identified five species of Mobulid rays (Mobula spps. and Manta spp) by using COI and NADH2 mtDNA markers in dried ray gill rakers from Chinese markets, namely, Mobula japonica (representing 54...
November 23, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864942/a-review-of-capture-and-post-release-mortality-of-elasmobranchs
#12
REVIEW
J R Ellis, S R McCully Phillips, F Poisson
There is a need to better understand the survivorship of discarded fishes, both for commercial stocks and species of conservation concern. Within European waters, the landing obligations that are currently being phased in as part of the European Union's reformed common fisheries policy means that an increasing number of fish stocks, with certain exceptions, should not be discarded unless it can be demonstrated that there is a high probability of survival. This study reviews the various approaches that have been used to examine the discard survival of elasmobranchs, both in terms of at-vessel mortality (AVM) and post-release mortality (PRM), with relevant findings summarized for both the main types of fishing gear used and by taxonomic group...
November 18, 2016: Journal of Fish Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859234/elements-and-elasmobranchs-hypotheses-assumptions-and-limitations-of-elemental-analysis
#13
M N McMillan, C Izzo, B Wade, B M Gillanders
Quantifying the elemental composition of elasmobranch calcified cartilage (hard parts) has the potential to answer a range of ecological and biological questions, at both the individual and population level. Few studies, however, have employed elemental analyses of elasmobranch hard parts. This paper provides an overview of the range of applications of elemental analysis in elasmobranchs, discussing the assumptions and potential limitations in cartilaginous fishes. It also reviews the available information on biotic and abiotic factors influencing patterns of elemental incorporation into hard parts of elasmobranchs and provides some comparative elemental assays and mapping in an attempt to fill knowledge gaps...
November 13, 2016: Journal of Fish Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27811790/schistobrachia-kabata-sp-nov-siphonostomatoida-lernaeopodidae-from-rajiform-hosts-off-south-africa
#14
Susan M Dippenaar
The genus Schistobrachia Kabata, 1964 (Lernaeopodidae: Siphonostomatoida) currently accommodates five species of which two infect holocephalans and three utilize elasmobranchs. Kensley & Grindley (1973) reported three females from "Dipturus batis" (Linnaeus, 1758) collected in Table Bay, South Africa, which they assigned to S. ramosa (Krøyer, 1863), a species previously known only from the North Atlantic. Re-examination of these specimens (labelled Charopinus ramosus Krøyer, 1863 and deposited in the Iziko South African Museum) and additional Schistobrachia material newly collected from the gills of various Rajiformes off the South African west and south coasts, showed that Kensley & Grindley's (1973) earlier record of S...
October 11, 2016: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27811789/a-new-species-of-ergasilus-von-nordmann-1832-copepoda-cyclopoida-%C3%A2-from-the-gills-of-a-dasyatid-ray-himantura-oxyrhyncha-sauvage-1878-from-west-kalimantan-indonesia
#15
Geoffrey A Boxshall
A new species of the cyclopoid copepod genus Ergasilus von Nordmann, 1832 is described based on material collected from the gills of an elasmobranch, Himantura oxyrhyncha (Sauvage, 1878), collected in the Java Sea off the coast of West Kalimantan, Indonesia. To justify the establishment of the new species, Ergasilus kimi sp. nov., detailed comparisons are made with the 28 congeneric species that share the combination of a 3-segmented leg 1 endopod and the presence of 2 setae on the free exopodal segment of leg 5...
October 11, 2016: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27802150/feeding-through-your-gills-and-turning-a-toxicant-into-a-resource-how-the-dogfish-shark-scavenges-ammonia-from-its-environment
#16
Chris M Wood, Marina Giacomin
Nitrogen (N) appears to be a limiting dietary resource for elasmobranchs, required not only for protein growth but also for urea-based osmoregulation. Building on recent evidence that the toxicant ammonia can be taken up actively at the gills of the shark and made into the valuable osmolyte urea, we demonstrate that the uptake exhibits classic Michaelis-Menten saturation kinetics with an affinity constant (Km) of 379 µmol l(-1), resulting in net N retention at environmentally realistic ammonia concentrations (100-400 µmol l(-1)) and net N loss through stimulated urea-N excretion at higher levels...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27757235/pass-the-salt-physiological-consequences-of-ecologically-relevant-hyposmotic-exposure-in-juvenile-gummy-sharks-mustelus-antarcticus-and-school-sharks-galeorhinus-galeus
#17
Andrea J Morash, Sara R C Mackellar, Louise Tunnah, David A Barnett, Kilian M Stehfest, Jayson M Semmens, Suzanne Currie
Estuarine habitats are frequently used as nurseries by elasmobranch species for their protection and abundant resources; however, global climate change is increasing the frequency and severity of environmental challenges in these estuaries that may negatively affect elasmobranch physiology. Hyposmotic events are particularly challenging for marine sharks that osmoconform, and species-specific tolerances are not well known. Therefore, we sought to determine the effects of an acute (48 h) ecologically relevant hyposmotic event (25...
2016: Conservation Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27730640/effects-of-ethanol-storage-and-lipid-and-urea-extraction-on-%C3%AE-15-n-and-%C3%AE-13-c-isotope-ratios-in-a-benthic-elasmobranch-the-bluespotted-maskray-neotrygon-kuhlii
#18
K B Burgess, M B Bennett
Ethanol storage and lipid and urea extraction had no effect on bluespotted maskray Neotrygon kuhlii muscle δ(13) C values whereas urea-removal and ethanol storage increased δ(15) N values. Results presented here show a significant δ(15) N increase post-urea removal and provide additional support for this approach in future elasmobranch stable-isotope analysis (SIA) studies. Further experimental work on other elasmobranch species is needed to assess extraction and preservation effects on stable-isotope (SI) values...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Fish Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27730623/can-estimates-of-genetic-effective-population-size-contribute-to-fisheries-stock-assessments
#19
J R Ovenden, G M Leigh, D C Blower, A T Jones, A Moore, C Bustamante, R C Buckworth, M B Bennett, C L Dudgeon
Sustainable exploitation of fisheries populations is challenging to achieve when the size of the population prior to exploitation and the actual numbers removed over time and across fishing zones are not clearly known. Quantitative fisheries' modeling is able to address this problem, but accurate and reliable model outcomes depend on high quality input data. Much of this information is obtained through the operation of the fishery under consideration, but while this seems appropriate, biases may occur. For example, poorly quantified changes in fishing methods that increase catch rates can erroneously suggest that the overall population size is increasing...
December 2016: Journal of Fish Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27686667/characterization-of-the-functional-and-anatomical-differences-in-the-atrial-and-ventricular-myocardium-from-three-species-of-elasmobranch-fishes-smooth-dogfish-mustelus-canis-sandbar-shark-carcharhinus-plumbeus-and-clearnose-skate-raja-eglanteria
#20
Julie Larsen, Peter Bushnell, John Steffensen, Morten Pedersen, Klaus Qvortrup, Richard Brill
We assessed the functional properties in atrial and ventricular myocardium (using isolated cardiac strips) of smooth dogfish (Mustelus canis), clearnose skate (Raja eglanteria), and sandbar shark (Carcharhinus plumbeus) by blocking Ca(2+) release from the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) with ryanodine and thapsigargin and measuring the resultant changes in contraction-relaxation parameters and the force-frequency relationship at 20 °C and 30 °C. We also examined ultrastructural differences with electron microscopy...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
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