Genetic tests reveal new shark species

Date: 1/2/2005

Genetic testing has shown that an animal scientists thought was the common ornate wobbegong is actually a new species of shark. Scientists originally thought that the dwarf-like shark, so far only found on Australia’s east coast, was a juvenile wobbegong. Luciano Beheregaray, of Macquarie University, says that wobbegong numbers are one-third of what they used to be 10 years ago.

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