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Tracing Patterns and Biodiversity Aspects of the Overlooked Skates and Rays (Subclass Elasmobranchii, Superorder Batoidea) in Greece

Tracing Patterns and Biodiversity Aspects of the Overlooked Skates and Rays (Subclass... Species belonging to the superorder Batoidea have been poorly assessed due to the lack of information on their life history aspects and their limited economic value. This work presents an overview of skates and rays inhabiting the marine Greek waters and reports biodiversity issues requiring resolution for conservation purposes. Overall, 30 species from nine families and 16 genera have been documented within the past 22 years, based on the available literature and technical reports from research surveys of the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR). However, 28 species are currently confirmed, since the presence of two rajids has not been sufficiently demonstrated and hence is considered as doubtful. Recent changes in nomenclature allowed us to replace old with new names in four species on the Greek list; patterns in the frequency of occurrence were observed and species were assigned into five categories; and diversity and misidentification issues were reported by family. Although Greek waters are oligotrophic and not considered a biodiversity hot spot for elasmobranchs, a high number of batoid species is documented in the area; therefore, the need to reinforce knowledge on biological aspects of skates and rays, define their status and identify their main threats is essential. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Diversity Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute

Tracing Patterns and Biodiversity Aspects of the Overlooked Skates and Rays (Subclass Elasmobranchii, Superorder Batoidea) in Greece

Tracing Patterns and Biodiversity Aspects of the Overlooked Skates and Rays (Subclass Elasmobranchii, Superorder Batoidea) in Greece

Diversity , Volume 15 (1) – Jan 3, 2023

Abstract

Species belonging to the superorder Batoidea have been poorly assessed due to the lack of information on their life history aspects and their limited economic value. This work presents an overview of skates and rays inhabiting the marine Greek waters and reports biodiversity issues requiring resolution for conservation purposes. Overall, 30 species from nine families and 16 genera have been documented within the past 22 years, based on the available literature and technical reports from research surveys of the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR). However, 28 species are currently confirmed, since the presence of two rajids has not been sufficiently demonstrated and hence is considered as doubtful. Recent changes in nomenclature allowed us to replace old with new names in four species on the Greek list; patterns in the frequency of occurrence were observed and species were assigned into five categories; and diversity and misidentification issues were reported by family. Although Greek waters are oligotrophic and not considered a biodiversity hot spot for elasmobranchs, a high number of batoid species is documented in the area; therefore, the need to reinforce knowledge on biological aspects of skates and rays, define their status and identify their main threats is essential.

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Abstract

Species belonging to the superorder Batoidea have been poorly assessed due to the lack of information on their life history aspects and their limited economic value. This work presents an overview of skates and rays inhabiting the marine Greek waters and reports biodiversity issues requiring resolution for conservation purposes. Overall, 30 species from nine families and 16 genera have been documented within the past 22 years, based on the available literature and technical reports from research surveys of the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR). However, 28 species are currently confirmed, since the presence of two rajids has not been sufficiently demonstrated and hence is considered as doubtful. Recent changes in nomenclature allowed us to replace old with new names in four species on the Greek list; patterns in the frequency of occurrence were observed and species were assigned into five categories; and diversity and misidentification issues were reported by family. Although Greek waters are oligotrophic and not considered a biodiversity hot spot for elasmobranchs, a high number of batoid species is documented in the area; therefore, the need to reinforce knowledge on biological aspects of skates and rays, define their status and identify their main threats is essential.

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DiversityMultidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute

Published: Jan 3, 2023

Keywords: batoids; diversity; occurrence; taxonomy; conservation; eastern ionian; Aegean Sea

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