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Fernando de Noronha as an insular nursery area for lemon sharks, Negaprion brevirostris, and nurse sharks, Ginglymostoma cirratum, in the equatorial western Atlantic Ocean

  • Ricardo Clapis Garla (a1) (a2), José Garcia (a3), Leonardo Bertrand Veras (a4) and Norberto Peporine Lopes (a5)

Negaprion brevirostris and Ginglymostoma cirratum are large coastal sharks with a wide geographic distribution in the tropical western Atlantic Ocean whose southern populations are listed as vulnerable. Herein is reported the use of Fernando de Noronha Archipelago as a nursery habitat by both species in the equatorial Atlantic. Parturition time in N. brevirostris takes place between November and April whereas in G. cirratum it occurs from July to September.

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Correspondence should be addressed to: R.C. Garla, Laboratório de Biologia pesqueira, Departamento de Oceanografia e Limnologia, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, 59014-100, RN, Brazil email:
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