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Turkish Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 2019, Vol 19, Num, 12     (Pages: 1069-1072)

Some Biological Information on a Female Kitefin Shark, Dalatias licha (Bonnaterre, 1788) Stranded in the Laconikos Gulf of Greece (SE Ionian Sea)

Archontia Chatzispyrou 1 ,Maria Aroni 2 ,Evgenia Lefkaditou 1 ,Kostas Kapiris 1 ,Ioannis Giovos 3 ,Aikaterini Anastasopoulou 1

1 Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Institute of Marine Biological Resources and Inland Waters, Anavyssos, 19013, Attica, Greece
2 Toulipa Goulimi, Nongovernmental organization, Neapoli, Lakonias, 23053, Peloponnese, Greece
3 iSea, Environmental Organization for the Preservation of the Aquatic Ecosystems, Ochi Av., 11, Thessaloniki 55438, Greece
DOI : 10.4194/1303-2712-v19_12_09 Viewed : 305 - Downloaded : 282 The kitefin shark Dalatias licha is a deep sea shark rarely recorded in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, where it has been incidentally caught by deep waters long-lines and trawling. The present study concerns a female of 99 cm in total length stranded on a Greek coast (SE Ionian Sea). It was found severely decomposed. Basic morphological measures were recorded and its stomach was removed for diet examination. The current work provides for the first time valuable biological information on this rare deep sea shark and new records of prey preference in the Mediterranean Sea. Keywords : Dalatias licha, Prey items, Histioteuthis bonnellii, Aristaeomorpha foliacea, Greek Ionian Sea