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An Updated Greek National Checklist of Chondrichthyans

iSea, Environmental Organisation for the Preservation of the Aquatic Ecosystems, 54645 Thessaloniki, Greece
Department of Animal Production, Fisheries & Aquaculture, University of Patras, 30200 Mesolongi, Greece
Institute for Marine Biological Resources and Biotechnology, National Research Council (CNR-IRBIM), I-91026 Mazara del Vallo, Italy
Department of Marine Studies, University of Split, 21000 Split, Croatia
Sharks in Israel, NGO for the Conservation of Sharks and Rays, Amirim 1214000, Israel
Department of Ichthyology and Aquatic Environment, School of Agricultural Sciences, University of Thessaly, 38446 Volos, Greece
Marine and Environmental Research (MER) Lab, Limassol 4533, Cyprus
Institute of the Environment, Department of Biological Sciences, Florida International University, North Miami, FL 33181, USA
MEDASSET-Mediterranean Association to Save the Sea Turtles, 10672 Athens, Greece
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
These authors contributed equally to this work.
Academic Editor: Gioele Capillo
Fishes 2022, 7(4), 199;
Received: 25 June 2022 / Revised: 3 August 2022 / Accepted: 4 August 2022 / Published: 9 August 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cartilaginous Fishes: Stock Assessment and Population Dynamics)
Accurate checklists of species are essential for evaluating their conservation status and for understanding more about their distribution, biology and ecology and, therefore, the first step in order to effectively protect them. According to the existing literature, the Greek seas are rich in chondrichthyan biodiversity and herein, we update the most recent chondrichthyan checklist for the country regarding the species that are present in the Greek waters, correct unvalidated miscellaneous sightings and observations and provide guidelines about future research to improve their conservation. In total, 330 sources were collected from which 276 were used for further analysis, resulting in 1485 records of 67 species, among which 61 are confirmed by experts, including 34 sharks, 26 batoids and one chimaera. We are further listing six species as “Questionable/Not Confirmed”. View Full-Text
Keywords: elasmobranchs; batoid; shark; chimaera; Eastern Mediterranean; Aegean Sea; Ionian Sea; Crete elasmobranchs; batoid; shark; chimaera; Eastern Mediterranean; Aegean Sea; Ionian Sea; Crete
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Giovos, I.; Aga-Spyridopoulou, R.N.; Serena, F.; Soldo, A.; Barash, A.; Doumpas, N.; Gkafas, G.A.; Katsada, D.; Katselis, G.; Kleitou, P.; Minasidis, V.; Papastamatiou, Y.P.; Touloupaki, E.; Moutopoulos, D.K. An Updated Greek National Checklist of Chondrichthyans. Fishes 2022, 7, 199.

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Giovos I, Aga-Spyridopoulou RN, Serena F, Soldo A, Barash A, Doumpas N, Gkafas GA, Katsada D, Katselis G, Kleitou P, Minasidis V, Papastamatiou YP, Touloupaki E, Moutopoulos DK. An Updated Greek National Checklist of Chondrichthyans. Fishes. 2022; 7(4):199.

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Giovos, Ioannis, Roxani Naasan Aga-Spyridopoulou, Fabrizio Serena, Alen Soldo, Adi Barash, Nikolaos Doumpas, Georgios A. Gkafas, Dimitra Katsada, George Katselis, Periklis Kleitou, Vasileios Minasidis, Yannis P. Papastamatiou, Eleana Touloupaki, and Dimitrios K. Moutopoulos. 2022. "An Updated Greek National Checklist of Chondrichthyans" Fishes 7, no. 4: 199.

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