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Carcharhinus obsolerus White; Kyne & Harris

Lost Shark (Carcharhinus obsolerus)

The Lost Shark was described only in 2019, it is known only on the basis of three juvenile specimens of which the last one was captured in 1934, it apparently inhabited the coastal waters of some parts of the southern South China Sea.

The full size of the species is unknown because it is only known from juvenile specimens.

There are no recent records despite intensive searches on local fish markets and the species is most likely already extinct, having become a victim of overfishing. [1]

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Photo from: ‘William T. White; Peter M. Kyne; Mark Harris: Lost before found: A new species of whaler shark Carcharhinus obsolerus from the Western Central Pacific known only from historic records. PlosOne 14(1). 2019’

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References:

[1] William T. White; Peter M. Kyne; Mark Harris: Lost before found: A new species of whaler shark Carcharhinus obsolerus from the Western Central Pacific known only from historic records. PlosOne 14(1). 2019

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edited: 15.01.2019