First description of a deceased juvenile whale shark Rhincodon typus in La Paz Bay, Mexico with comments on morphometry and age estimates

Darren Whitehead, Felipe Galván-Magaña, Katherin Soto-López, Diego Juaristi-Videgaray, Fabián Cervantes-Gutiérrez, Edgar Eduardo Becerril-García

Submited: 2018-04-05 22:36:09 | Published: 2019-07-08 12:39:15

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3856/vol47-issue3-fulltext-19

Abstract


This paper is the first report with morphometric measurements in the Eastern Tropical Pacific of a deceased 5.48 m juvenile whale shark Rhincodon typus, from a rare stranding in La Paz Bay in the Gulf of California, Mexico. Biological measurements and age estimation are provided by the analysis of photographs and growth in rings from vertebrae.

Whitehead D, Galván-Magaña F, Soto-López K, Juaristi-Videgaray D, Cervantes-Gutiérrez F, Becerril-García E. First description of a deceased juvenile whale shark Rhincodon typus in La Paz Bay, Mexico with comments on morphometry and age estimates. Lat. Am. J. Aquat. Res.. 2019;47(3): 575-579. Available from: doi:10.3856/vol47-issue3-fulltext-19 [Accessed 17 Jul. 2019].
Whitehead, D., Galván-Magaña, F., Soto-López, K., Juaristi-Videgaray, D., Cervantes-Gutiérrez, F., & Becerril-García, E. (2019). First description of a deceased juvenile whale shark Rhincodon typus in La Paz Bay, Mexico with comments on morphometry and age estimates. Latin American Journal of Aquatic Research, 47(3), 575-579. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.3856/vol47-issue3-fulltext-19