Coastal Sciences, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
A sleeper shark, Somniosus (Somniosus) sp., is reported from Alaminos Canyon in the western Gulf of Mexico at a depth of about 2647 m based on observations made using a remotely operated vehicle. This is the first record of a sleeper shark (Somniosus, Somniosidae) from the western Gulf of Mexico and deepest record of any shark from the Gulf of Mexico. Despite claims to the contrary in the literature, no taxonomic character has been identified to date that can be used to unequivocally identify all representatives of Somniosus (Somniosus), and as a result, some species records must be considered dubious.
Bulletin of Marine Science
Benz, G. W.,
Hoffmayer, E. R.,
Driggers, W. B.,
Bishop, L. E.,
Brown, D. A.
(2007). First Record of a Sleeper Shark in the Western Gulf of Mexico and Comments on Taxonomic Uncertainty Within Somniosus (Somniosus). Bulletin of Marine Science, 80(2), 343-351.
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