First record of the kitefin shark, Dalatias licha (Bonnaterre, 1788) from the Guatemalan Caribbean Sea

Julio Sánchez-Jiménez, Josué Ayala-Donado, María de los Ángeles Rosales Melgar, Elisa M. Areano-Barillas, Devanshi Kasana, Mónica González-Jaramillo, Juan Carlos Pérez-Jiménez

Submited: 2023-07-21 20:56:20 | Published: 2024-04-30 21:22:55

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3856/vol52-issue2-fulltext-3132

Abstract


Deepwater fishing operations occur close to the shore of the Guatemalan Caribbean. In a study to characterize the deepwater species present in the fishing area, the incidental catch of a kitefin shark, Dalatias licha, was recorded at a depth of ~284-334 m, ca. 11 km northeast of El Quetzalito fishing village. The adult female with a total length of 1420 mm had morphological characteristics consistent with D. licha, which was confirmed by molecular methods. First record of D. licha in the western Caribbean region, a species cataloged at risk by the IUCN red list. With this record, the number of shark species known in the Guatemalan Caribbean increases to 25.


Sánchez-Jiménez J, Ayala-Donado J, Rosales Melgar M, Areano-Barillas E, Kasana D, González-Jaramillo M, Pérez-Jiménez J. First record of the kitefin shark, Dalatias licha (Bonnaterre, 1788) from the Guatemalan Caribbean Sea. Lat. Am. J. Aquat. Res.. 2024;52(2): 318-322. Available from: doi:10.3856/vol52-issue2-fulltext-3132 [Accessed 20 May. 2024].
Sánchez-Jiménez, J., Ayala-Donado, J., Rosales Melgar, M., Areano-Barillas, E., Kasana, D., González-Jaramillo, M., & Pérez-Jiménez, J. (2024). First record of the kitefin shark, Dalatias licha (Bonnaterre, 1788) from the Guatemalan Caribbean Sea. Latin American Journal of Aquatic Research, 52(2), 318-322. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.3856/vol52-issue2-fulltext-3132