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First Record of a Nurse Shark, Ginglymostoma cirratum, within the Mississippi Sound

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Short Communication


Of all the coastal shark species in the northern Gulf of Mexico, the nurse shark, Ginglymostoma cirratum, is one of the few species not documented in the Sound. Unlike most coastal sharks, nurse shark distribution is confined to a relatively specific suite of abiotic characteristics. Hannan et al. (2012) demonstrated that the distribution of nurse sharks in the northern GOM is primarily limited to hard bottom habitats with relatively high temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, and water clarity. Herein, we provide support for the findings of Hannan et al. (2012) and report the first documented occurrence of a nurse shark in the Sound.

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