Social media posts reveal the geographic range of the Critically Endangered clown wedgefish, Rhynchobatus cooki

Matthew T. McDavitt, Peter M. Kyne

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    Abstract

    The shark-like rays of the family Rhinidae (wedgefishes) are globally threatened with extinction. The poorly known clown wedgefish, Rhynchobatus cooki has historically been recorded only from fish markets in Singapore and Jakarta, Indonesia. Its natural geographic range has until now gone undocumented. Social media posts revealed the first wild records of this Critically Endangered species; six records were located between 2015 and 2020 from small-scale fisheries in Lingga and Singkep Islands, Indonesia. These results demonstrate the utility of social media searches to identify biogeographic records of cryptic and data-poor species.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1846-1851
    Number of pages6
    JournalJournal of Fish Biology
    Volume97
    Issue number6
    Early online date8 Sep 2020
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020

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