Lateral views of: A, Gollum suluensis sp. nov., holotype, PNM 15175, 585 mm TL, adult male (preserved); B, G. attenuatus, NMNZ P 5724, 922 mm TL, adult male (preserved); and C, G. attenuatus, NMNZ P 39440, 939 mm TL, female (fresh), images by Last, Peter R., & Gaudiano, Joe P. (2011, December 31). FIGURE 1 in Gollum suluensis sp. nov. (Carcharhiniformes: Pseudotriakidae), a new gollumshark from the southern Philippines. Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.206700
We love bringing you the less-known Chondrichthyans (sharks, skates, rays, and chimaeras) here at The Fins United Initiative. TFUI believes it is important to shatter the stereotype of what a shark looks like so that everyone can know a) how diverse this group looks like but also b) not be afraid of them! Not all sharks are great whites, after all. But funding for these animals is hard to come by, especially when it isn't a charismatic top predator like a great white. That means we know little about these less-charismatic critters... like the Sulum gollumshark (Gollum suluensis).
We’re talking about a freshwater Chondrichthyan today—but it isn’t a ray! Surprise! In fact, it’s a shark. The Irrawaddy River shark, Glyphis siamensis, to be exact.
We’re back to showcasing freshwater Chondrichthyans that are rays! Hooray! Are you really surprised?
TFUI Founder Melissa C. Marquez is author of all animal bios and "Behind the Fins" segments.
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