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Redescription of the genus Manta with resurrection of Manta alfredi (Krefft, 1868) (Chondrichthyes; Myliobatoidei; Mobulidae)
The splitting of this long-standing monospecific genus will help to highlight the specific threats facing the different species of Manta and will ultimately assist in the correct assessment of their respective worldwide conservation status.
Biology, ecology and conservation of the Mobulidae.
- L. Couturier, A. D. Marshall, A. Richardson
- Environmental Science, BiologyJournal of fish biology
- 1 April 2012
A comparative synthesis of the biology and ecology of mobulids was conducted to examine their evolution, taxonomy, distribution, population trends, movements and aggregation, reproduction, growth and longevity, feeding, natural mortality and direct and indirect anthropogenic threats.
Size and structure of a photographically identified population of manta rays Manta alfredi in southern Mozambique
The size and structure of a photographically identified population of reef manta ray, Manta alfredi, were examined at aggregation sites over a four-year period in southern Mozambique and suggest that many individuals in this population exhibit site fidelity to the examined aggregation sites.
Reproductive ecology of the reef manta ray Manta alfredi in southern Mozambique.
The application of a photographic identification methodology using the unique ventral surface markings (natural spot patterns) of an observed population in southern Mozambique enabled many aspects of…
Volumetric analysis of sensory brain areas indicates ontogenetic shifts in the relative importance of sensory systems in elasmobranchs
The first evidence for shifts in the size of sensory brain areas in elasmobranchs is provided and it is suggested that vision is relatively more important than olfaction in juvenile elasmOBranchs and vice versa in adults.
The Conservation Status of Australasian Chondrichthyans
Plasma steroid hormone profiles and reproductive biology of the epaulette shark, Hemiscyllium ocellatum.
- M. Heupel, J. Whittier, M. Bennett
- Biology, MedicineThe Journal of experimental zoology
- 1 October 1999
Observations indicate that epaulette sharks in the waters near Heron Island mate from July through December, with the highest amount of sperm storage in the epididymis occurring between August through November.
Distribution, site affinity and regional movements of the manta ray, Manta alfredi (Krefft, 1868), along the east coast of Australia
- L. Couturier, F. Jaine, K. Townsend, S. Weeks, A. Richardson, M. Bennett
- Environmental Science
- 21 July 2011
M. alfredi was present all year around at Lady Elliot Island, although in higher numbers in winter, and was mainly observed at North Stradbroke Island and Byron Bay from mid-spring to mid-autumn.
Reproductive periodicity, localised movements and behavioural segregation of pregnant Carcharias taurus at Wolf Rock, southeast Queensland, Australia
We examined grey nurse shark Carcharias taurus utilisation of Wolf Rock (which is located within a marine sanctuary zone and is the most northern known aggregation site on the east- ern Australian…
Morphometric and ultrastructural comparison of the olfactory system in elasmobranchs: The significance of structure–function relationships based on phylogeny and ecology
- V. Schluessel, M. Bennett, H. Bleckmann, S. Blomberg, S. Collin
- Biology, Environmental ScienceJournal of morphology
- 1 November 2008
This study investigated the relationship between olfactory morphology, habitat occupancy, and lifestyle in 21 elasmobranch species in a phylogenetic context. Four measures of olfactory capability,…