Title

The First in situ Habitat Observations and Images of the Caribbean Roughshark, Oxynotus caribbaeus Cervigon, 1961 (Squaliformes: Oxynotidae)

Event Name/Location

Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

10-2013

Keywords

BioGeography, Caribbean Sea, Oxynotidae, Oxynotus, Shark, Submersible Observations

Abstract

In situ observations and photographs of the Caribbean roughshark, Oxynotus caribbaeus Cervigón, 1961, are reported for the first time from four widely separated localities around the tropical western Atlantic, including multiple records over an 8-yr period from a single locality off Roatán, Honduras. These records document an extension of the known geographic, bathymetric, and temperature ranges of the species to include southern Florida and the western Caribbean Sea, over a depth range of 218 to 579 m, and in water as warm as 16.39°C.