Marine Biodiversity Records

Research Article

Record of the goblin shark Mitsukurina owstoni (Chondrichthyes: Lamniformes: Mitsukurinidae) from the south-western Atlantic

Getulio Rincona1, Teodoro Vaske Júniora2 and Otto B.F. Gadiga2 c1

a1 Conepe-Conselho Nacional de Pesca e Aquicultura, Setor Hoteleiro Sul, Quadra 6, Conj. A, Bloco E, Edifício Brasil 21, Salas 10-13, CEP 70322-915, Brasília, Distrito Federal, Brazil

a2 UNESP, Campus Experimental do Litoral Paulista, Praça Infante Dom Henrique s/n, CEP 11330-900, São Vicente, São Paulo, Brazil

Abstract

This paper reports the first well-documented specimen of the goblin shark, Mitsukurina owstoni in the south-western Atlantic, based on a mature male measuring 3152 mm total length, caught on 27 November 2008 off the Rio de Janeiro coast, south-east Brazil.

(Received June 26 2011)

(Accepted July 25 2011)

Correspondence:

c1 Correspondence should be addressed to: O.B.F. Gadig, UNESP, Campus Experimental do Litoral Paulista, Praça Infante Dom Henrique s/n, CEP 11330-900, São Vicente, São Paulo, Brazil email: gadig@clp.unesp.br