New hammerhead species could make conservation efforts difficult

A press release from the Nova Southeastern University suggests that a newly identified species of hammerhead shark that is a “look-alike” of the endangered scalloped hammerhead (Sphyrna lewini) may make conservation efforts of both species difficult. Incorrect identification of each species as a result of the similarities between the two could result in difficulties monitoring the population status of both species, according to the release.

An article on the discovery of the new species appears in the April edition of “Marine Biology.”

For more information, check out the press release.

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