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Borneo river shark

Borneo river shark
Not evaluated (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Subclass: Elasmobranchii
Superorder: Selachimorpha
Order: Carcharhiniformes
Family: Carcharhinidae
Genus: Glyphis
Species: G. fowlerae
Binomial name
Glyphis fowlerae
Compagno, W. T. White & Cavanagh, 2010

The Borneo river shark, Glyphis fowlerae, is a shark of the family Carcharhinidae. It can reach a length of 78 centimetres (31 in). Reproduction is presumed to be viviparous. Only 13 specimens are known to science collected in 1996. Expeditions in 2010 and 2011 failed to find any and while fishermen recognised the shark, they have not been seen for many years. Other members of the family are common at the mouth of tropical rivers, along with Bull sharks, Speartooth sharks, Irrawaddy river sharks and New Guinea river sharks. They all can survive in both saltwater and freshwater.

Range

They are endemic to the Kinabatangan River in Borneo.[1]

Diet

They mostly feed on small, bony fishes such as sardines and tuna, but can also eat small sharks such as dogfish and cookie cutter sharks.

References

  • Compagno, Dando, & Fowler, Sharks of the World, Princeton University Press, New Jersey 2005 ISBN 0-691-12072-2
  • Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2011). "Glyphis fowlerae in FishBase. February 2011 version.
  1. ^ http://tracc-borneo.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/11-proposal-river-shark-V4.pdf The Borneo River shark.
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