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Published: 2021-08-31

New records of elasmobranchs in the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh: further taxonomic research is essential

Nature-based Solutions Initiative, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, Zoology Research and Administration Building, 11a Mansfield Rd, Oxford OX1 3SZ, UK. Department of Zoology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh
CSIRO Australian National Fish Collection, National Research Collections Australia, Hobart, Tasmania, 7000, Australia
British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge, UK, CB3 0ET
Department of Zoology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh
Department of Zoology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh
Pisces Guitarfish Indian Ocean NADH2 gene Ray Shark


To evaluate the species diversity and strengthen the taxonomic identification of elasmobranchs in the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh, a study was conducted in the southeast coastal region between January 2016 and March 2018. Using morphological and genetic identification techniques, this study presents 22 species from the region. Thirteen of these are new records. The new records consist of eight species from the family Dasyatidae, and one each from Mobulidae, Rhinobatidae, Narcinidae, Hemiscylliidae and Triakidae. Furthermore, four occurrences are first verified reports, and five are potential new records requiring further taxonomic investigation.



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How to Cite

HAQUE, A. B. ., WHITE, W. T. ., CAVANAGH, R. D. ., BISWAS, A. R. ., & HOSSAIN, N. . (2021). New records of elasmobranchs in the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh: further taxonomic research is essential. Zootaxa, 5027(2), 211–230.