J. Spaet, J. Cochran, M. Berumen
Zoology in the Middle East, 52, pp. 118-121, (2011)
The shark fauna of the Red Sea is believed to be remarkably depauperate with three orders, 10 families and highly variable species richness estimates (29 by COMPAGNO 1983, 31 by BONFIL & ABDALLAH 2004 and 40 by STAFFORD-DEITSCH 1999). The most recent reapprais- al describes 28 species, of which 16 are Carcharhinids (GOLANI &BOGORODSKY 2010). Data available in the literature are very poor and result almost exclusively from research conducted in the Gulf of Aqaba, including studies on shark taxonomy (BARANES & SHAHRABANY-BARANES 1986) and occurrence (e.g. BARANES & BEN-TUVIA 1978a, b, c, GOHAR & MA-ZHAR 1964). Information essential for stock management, e.g. data on their ecology and life histories, is non-existent. This apparent lack of both historic as well as recent shark research in the Red Sea may have led to incomplete species accounts.