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The occurrence of the bluntnose sixgill shark Hexanchus griseus (Hexanchiformes: Hexanchidae) in a river in south-eastern Tasmania

  • Adam Barnett (a1) (a2), John D. Stevens (a2) and Jonah L. Yick (a1)

The bluntnose sixgill shark Hexanchus griseus, predominately a deep-water species (maximum depth: 2500 m), was captured approximately 30 km up a river on a bottom-set longline. Although this species has previously been reported moving into shallow waters at night in other regions of the world, this is the first confirmed report of a sixgill shark in a river.

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Correspondence should be addressed to: A. Barnett Marine Research Laboratories Nubeena Crescent Taroona 7053, TasmaniaAustralia email:
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Marine Biodiversity Records
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