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Carcharhinus humani sp. nov., a new whaler shark (Carcharhiniformes: Carcharhinidae) from the western Indian Ocean


White, WT and Weigmann, S, Carcharhinus humani sp. nov., a new whaler shark (Carcharhiniformes: Carcharhinidae) from the western Indian Ocean, Zootaxa, 3821, (1) pp. 71-87. ISSN 1175-5326 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.11646/zootaxa.3821.1.5


A new species of whaler shark, Carcharhinus humani sp. nov., is described based on five type specimens from the western Indian Ocean near the Socotra Islands, off Kuwait, Mozambique, and South Africa. The new species represents the fifth species of the C. dussumieri/sealei group and the third species of the C. sealei subgroup. The new species is the only species of the C. sealei subgroup known from the western Indian Ocean. Within the C. sealei subgroup, C. humani differs from C. sealei in having a sharply demarcated black apical marking on the second dorsal fin which does not extend onto body surface (vs. black marking diffuse-edged and usually extending onto upper sides of trunk), a longer horizontal prenarial length (4.1-4.7 vs. 3.4-4.2% TL), and a longer preoral length (6.8-7.6 vs. 5.7-6.5% TL); C. humani differs from C. coatesi in having a taller second dorsal fin (its height 4.0-4.5 vs. 2.9-3.6% TL), a shorter first dorsal fin (its length 13.4-14.6 vs. 14.8-17.3% TL), and more vertebrae (total centra 152-167 vs. 134-147).

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Carcharhinus dussumieri/sealei group, conservation status, description, new species, systematics
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Evolutionary biology
Research Field:Animal systematics and taxonomy
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:White, WT (Dr William White)
ID Code:119398
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2017-08-01
Last Modified:2017-09-11

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