First record of an Odontaspidid shark in Ascension Island waters


  • Andrew J. Richardson 1Conservation & Fisheries Department, Ascension Island Government, South Atlantic Ocean ASCN 1ZZ



The occurrence of the poorly understood shark species Odontapsis ferox is reported at an oceanic seamount in the central south Atlantic, within the Exclusive Economic Zone of Ascension Island. The presence of the species at this location is confirmed by the discovery of a tooth embedded in scientific equipment, and footage of at least one animal on autonomous underwater video. The new record of this shark species at this location demonstrates the knowledge gaps which still exist at many remote, oceanic structures and their candidacy for status as important conservation areas.