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Turkish Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 2018, Vol 18, Num, 6     (Pages: 833-835)

Northernmost record of Triaenodon obesus (Rüppell, 1837) in the Eastern Tropical Pacific

Edgar Eduardo Becerril-García 1 ,Tania Cecilia Cota-Lucero 2 ,Felipe Galván-Magaña 1

1 National Polytechnic Institute, Interdisciplinary Center of Marine Sciences, 23096 La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico
2 Autonomous University of Baja California Sur, Program of Marine Botany, 23080, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico
DOI : 10.4194/1303-2712-v18_6_10 Viewed : 3652 - Downloaded : 2163 This is the northernmost record of a whitetip reef shark, Triaenodon obesus, in the Eastern Tropical Pacific. The shark was observed in Magdalena Bay, Mexico, at a depth of 4 m and had a total length of 1.2–1.5 m. The habitat where the record was made is consistent with the conditions for the distribution of species. The presence of T. obesus in the area could be related to the protection of near natural areas and the seasonal bans on shark and ray fishing implemented in Mexico since 2012. Keywords : Elasmobranchs, Carcharhinidae, Mexico, Eastern Pacific, new record