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Review of the occurrence and distribution of the basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) in Chilean waters

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  29 June 2010

Sebastián Hernández*
Affiliation:
Departamento de Biología Marina, Facultad de Ciencias del Mar, Universidad Católica del Norte, Casilla 117, Coquimbo, Chile
Rodolfo Vögler
Affiliation:
Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias Marinas, Avenida Instituto Politécnico Nacional s/n, Col. Playa Palo de Santa Rita, CP 952 La Paz, BCS, México
Carlos Bustamante
Affiliation:
Laboratorio de Elasmobranquios (ELASMOLAB), Instituto de Zoología, Universidad Austral de Chile, Casilla 567, Valdivia, Chile
Julio Lamilla
Affiliation:
Laboratorio de Elasmobranquios (ELASMOLAB), Instituto de Zoología, Universidad Austral de Chile, Casilla 567, Valdivia, Chile
*
Correspondence should be addressed to:S. Hernández, School of Biological Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington 6140, New Zealand email: sebastian.hernandez@vuw.ac.nz
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Abstract

The occurrence of Cetorhinus maximus in Chilean waters is reviewed based upon biological, geographical and temporal data obtained from 30 specimens observed between 1905 and 2009. These records were established from 27°40′S (Punta de Cachos, Bahía Salado) to 55°45′S (Cabo de Hornos). Both males and females were incidentally caught in artisanal gill-net fisheries. The records suggest a segregation of C. maximus by groups of sex–size. Temporal data suggests that C. maximus primarily occur in Chilean coastal waters during spring and summer.

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Copyright © Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 2010

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