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Type: Correspondence
Published: 2016-09-26
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Confirmation of the occurrence of the sandbar shark Carcharhinus plumbeus (Nardo, 1827) at Norfolk Island, Tasman Sea 

Auckland Museum, The Domain, Auckland, New Zealand Department of Conservation, Private Bag 68908, Newton, Auckland 1145, New Zealand
67B New Cascade Road, Norfolk Island 2899
Pisces Carcharhinus plumbeus distribution Norfolk Island Tasman Sea nursery area


The occurrence of the sandbar shark Carcharhinus plumbeus at Norfolk Island is confirmed. Carcharhinus plumbeus occurs over the mid to outer insular shelf from 38 m to at least 53 m depth, and appears to be at least as abundant as C. galapagensis in this habitat. No C. plumbeus were caught from shore despite most fishing effort being land-based. The presence of young-of-the-year confirms C. plumbeus breeds on the Norfolk Island shelf. Size at birth and the timing of parturition appear similar to that reported for eastern Australia.



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