New species of shark identified in Galapagos

Wired Science reports that a new shark species has been identified based on specimens of the species collected between 1995 and 1998. Scientists at the California Academy of Sciences compared the specimens with known species from the Scyliorhinidae family of sharks (commonly referred to as catsharks). The spot pattern arrangement on the specimens, as well as their coloring, appeared to be unique to the species. The species has been assigned the name of Bythaelurus giddingsi, with a suggested common name of Galapagos catshark.

You can check out the entire article along with a picture of the newly-identified species at Wired Science (not to be confused with the classic 80s film “Weird Science,” of course).

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