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I was just wondering if you had published DNA barcodes for the elasmobranch fauna in the region?

Given some of the taxonomic confusion in many elasmobranch groups and need for international standardization when talking about morphologically similar taxa, I just wondered if you had completed some DNA sequencing to back up your morphological IDs?

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Hi Andrew,

Yes, we're fully aware of the taxonomic uncertainties around deep-water cartilaginous fishes especially on skates but sadly, all samples collected during the project were lost in the fire that burned the Faculty of Sciences of the Universidad Austral de Chile back in December 2007.

With exception of a few species (Aculeola nigra, Centroscyllium granulatum, Centroscyllium nigrum, Etmopterus granulosus, Deania calcea, Squalus acanthias, Isurus paucus, Lamna nasus, Cetorhinus maximus, Bythaelurus canescens, Squatina armata, Dipturus trachyderma and Zearaja chilensis), limited DNA sequences are available in GeneBank. Recently, we have collected more samples and we're expecting to provide more genetic info in near future.

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