Market surveys and social media provide confirmation of the endangered giant freshwater whipray Urogymnus polylepis in Myanmar

Grant, Michael I., Bicknell, Anthony W.J., Htut, Thaung, Maung, Antt, Maung, Thu, Myo, Khin Myo, Rein, Thu, San, Min Khan, White, William T., Ya, Kyaw Zay, and Mizrahi, Meira (2022) Market surveys and social media provide confirmation of the endangered giant freshwater whipray Urogymnus polylepis in Myanmar. Journal of Fish Biology. (In Press)

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Abstract

The giant freshwater whipray Urogymnus polylepis is a threatened species that is vulnerable to riverine and coastal marine pressures. Despite its threatened status, the range of U. polylepis is still being determined. In this study, photographic evidence of U. polylepis in Myanmar was provided through market surveys (2017-2018) and social media (Sharks and Rays of Rakhine Facebook page, 2021). Urogymnus polylepis is exposed to fisheries and habitat degradation pressures in Myanmar; therefore, conservation management is likely needed to ensure populations persist into the future.

Item ID: 74309
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1095-8649
Keywords: biodiversity, Chin State, Facebook, non-marine elasmobranchs, Rakhine, threatened species
Copyright Information: © 2022 The Authors. Journal of Fish Biology published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of Fisheries Society of the British Isles. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Research Data: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/jfb.15073
Date Deposited: 25 May 2022 07:55
FoR Codes: 31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3103 Ecology > 310304 Freshwater ecology @ 50%
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410401 Conservation and biodiversity @ 50%
SEO Codes: 18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1803 Fresh, ground and surface water systems and management > 180303 Fresh, ground and surface water biodiversity @ 100%
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