Friday, March 03, 2006

 

Mexican biologist discovers new shark species

"Mexico City - A Mexican marine biologist has discovered a new shark species in the murky depths of Mexico's Sea of Cortez, the first new shark find in the wildlife-rich inlet in 34 years.

Postgraduate student Juan Carlos Perez was on a fishing boat in early 2003 studying sharks from the Mustelus family netted at depths of 200m when he noticed some of them had darker skin and white markings.

The sharks, slender, dark grey-brown and around 1.5m long, turned out to be a new species that Perez and his team have named 'Mustelus hacat', after the word for shark in a local Indian dialect."

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