Saturday, June 1, 2019

[Ichthyology • 2019] Parmaturus angelae • A New Species of Parmaturus (Carcharhiniformes: Scyliorhinidae) from Brazil, Southwestern Atlantic

Parmaturus angelae
 Soares, Carvalho, Schwingel & Gadig, 2019

 DOI: 10.1643/CI-18-152  
A new Southwestern Atlantic species of Parmaturus, P. angelae, new species, is described from two specimens captured off Brazil. It is distinguished from congeners by the following characters: origin of the first dorsal fin anterior to pelvic-fin origin, presence of well-developed upper and lower caudal crests of denticles, dorsal fins subequal, lateral denticles teardrop-shaped and lacking lateral cusplets, denticles evenly spaced, proportional dimensions, and vertebral counts. Parmaturus angelae, new species, is the second species of the genus reported from the Atlantic Ocean and only the third species outside of the Indo-West Pacific region. Parmaturus remains rather poorly defined as only two species have been studied anatomically in any detail.

Fig. 2. Parmaturus angelae, new species, holotype, MZUSP 124000, female, 398 mm TL. Dorsal and lateral view. 

Parmaturus angelae, new species

Proposed common names: Brazilian Filetail Catshark,
 Ângela’s Catshark (Portuguese)

 Etymology.— The specific name angelae is dedicated to the last author’s granddaughter, Angela

Karla Diamantina De Araújo Soares, Marcelo Rodrigues De Carvalho, Paulo Ricardo Schwingel and Otto Bismarck Fazzano Gadig. 2019. A New Species of Parmaturus (Chondrichthyes: Carcharhiniformes: Scyliorhinidae) from Brazil, Southwestern Atlantic.  Copeia. 107(2); 314-322. DOI: 10.1643/CI-18-152 

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