Review of the records of the Smalltooth Sand Tiger shark Odontaspis ferox (Chondrichthyes: Odontaspididae) in the Azores

Barcelos, L.M.D.Azevedo, J.M.N., Pollerspöck, J., Barreiros, J.P. (2018) Review of the records of the Smalltooth Sand Tiger shark Odontaspis ferox (Chondrichthyes: Odontaspididae) in the Azores.

Acta Ichthyologica et Piscatoria, 48, 189–194. DOI:10.3750/AIEP/02436 (IF2018 0,667; Q3 Zoology)
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  • Jul, 2018


In recent years Azorean fishermen reported the presence of the smalltooth sand tiger shark, Odontaspis ferox (Risso, 1810), a very rare demersal shark species, associated with insular shelves and slopes, with occasional incursions into shallow waters and of poorly known biology and ecology. There are fourteen new records of this species, between 1996 and 2014, captured by spearfishing, harpoons, hand lines, or entangled in fishing gear in the Azores. These records were analysed and complemented with fishermen interviews, providing new locations and new biological data for this species. Also, specimens photographs were studied and post-mortem analysis were carefully carried out in one individual.
This species is rare and captured only as bycatch in shallow waters. More detailed information on this species is critically needed in order to assess its conservation status and implement management guidelines. Bycatch statistics are crucial in this respect.