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Kyne PM, Jabado RW. 2021. Most Rhino Rays (sawfishes, wedgefishes, giant guitarfishes, guitarfishes, banjo rays) are threatened with extinction. Imperiled: The Encyclopedia of Conservation.

Nortarbartolo di Sciara G, Jabado RW. 2021. Sharks and Rays of the Arabian Sea and Adjacent waters. In Jawad LA (ed), The Arabian Seas: Biodiversity, Environmental Challenges and Conservation Measures. pp. 443–477.

​​Jabado RW. 2019. Wedgefishes and giant guitarfishes: A guide to species identification. Wildlife Conservation Society, New York, United States. 30 pp.

Jabado RW, Kyne PM, Pollom RA, Ebert DA, Simpfendorfer CA, Ralph GM, Dulvy NK (eds.) 2017. The conservation status of sharks, rays, and chimaeras in the Arabian Sea and adjacent waters. Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, UAE and IUCN Species Survival Commission Shark Specialist Group, Vancouver, Canada. 236 pp. 

Jabado RW, Ebert D. 2015. Sharks of the Arabian Seas: an identification guide. International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Dubai, UAE. 240 pp. ISBN: 978-9948-18-254-2.

Jabado RW, Javelle C. 2013. Marine ecosystems in the United Arab Emirates: an educational resource. Emirates Foundation and the Emirates Marine Environmental Group. 206 pp.



Dulvy NK, Pacoureau N, Rigby CL, Pollom RA, Jabado RW, Ebert DA, Finucci B, Pollock CM, Cheok J, Derrick DH, Herman KB, Sherman SC, VanderWright WJ, Lawson JM, Walls RHL, Carlson JK, Charvet P, Bineesh KK, Fernando D, Ralph GM, Matsushiba JH, Hilton-Taylor C, Fordham SV, Simpfendorfer CA. 2021. Overfishing drives over one-third of all sharks and rays toward a global extinction crisis. Current Biology. 31: 1–15.

Rezaie-Atagholipour M, Jabado RW, Hesni MA, Ebert DA. 2021. Lost and found: rediscovery of the extinct tentacled butterfly ray Gymnura tentaculata in Iranian waters. Oryx. 55(4): 489–490.

Tanna A, Fernando D, Gobiraj R, Pathirana BM, Thilakaratna S, Jabado RW. 2021. Where have all the sawfishes gone? Perspectives on declines of these Critically Endangered species in Sri Lanka. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. 31(8): 2149 –2163.

Jabado RW, Antononopoulou M, Moller M, Al Suweidi AS, Al Suwaidi AMS, Mateos-Molina D. 2021. Baited Remote Underwater Video Surveys to assess relative abundance of sharks and rays in a long standing and remote marine protected area in the Arabian Gulf. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 540: 151565.

Yan HF, Kyne PK, Jabado RW, Leeney RH, Davidson LNK, Derrick DH, Finucci B, Freckleton RP, Fordham SV, Dulvy NK. 2021. Overfishing and habitat loss drive range contraction of iconic marine fishes to near extinction. Science Advances, 7(7): eabb6026.

Pacoureau N, Rigby CL, Kyne PM, Sherley RB, Winker H, Carlson JK, Fordham SV, Barreto RP, Fernando D, Francis MP, Jabado RW, Herman KB, Liu KM, Marshall AD, Pollom RA, Romanov EV, Simpfendorfer CA, Yin JS, Kindsvater HK, Dulvy NK. 2021. Half a century of global in oceanic sharks and rays. Nature 589: 567–584.


Tyabji Z, Wagh T, Patankar V, Jabado RW, Sutaria. S. 2020. Catch composition and life history characteristics of sharks and rays (Elasmobranchii) landed in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India. PLOS One, 15(10): e0231069.

Robinson DP, Hyland K, Beukes G, Vettan A, Mabadikate A, Jabado RW, Rohner CA, Pierce SJ, Warren Baverstock W. 2020.  Satellite tracking of rehabilitated sea turtles demonstrates a high rate of post-release survival, PLOS One, 16(2): e0246241.

Hosegood H, Humble E, Ogden R, de Bryun M, Creer S, Stevens GMW, Abudaya M, Bassos-Hull K, Bonfil R, Fernando D, Foote AD, Hipperson H, Jabado RW, Kaden J, Moazzam M, Peel LW, Pollett S, Ponzo A, Poortvliet M, Salah J, Senn H, Steward JD, Wintner S, Carbalho G. 2020. Phylogenomics and species delimitation for effective conservation of manta and devil rays. Molecular Ecology, 29(24): 4783–4796.

Ludt WB, Jabado RW, Al Hameli SM, Freeman L, Teruyama G, Chakrabarty P, Al Dhaheri SS. 2020. Establishing a reference collection and barcoding the fish biodiversity along the coast of the United Arab Emirates. Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation, 35: 54–64.

Ben-Romdhane H, Jabado RW, Grandcourt EM, Perry RJ, Al Blooshi AY, Marpu P, Ouarda TBMJ, Ghedira H. 2020. Coral reefs of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Analysis of management approaches in light of international best practices and a changing climate. Frontiers in Marine Science, 7: 541.

Kyne PM, Jabado RW, Rigby CL, Dharmadi, Gore MA, Pollock CM, Herman KB, Cheok J, Ebert DA, Simpfendorfer CA, Dulvy NK. 2020. The thin edge of the wedge: extremely high extinction risk in wedgefishes and giant guitarfishes. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 30: 1337–1361.

Feldheim KA, Jabado RW, Chapman DD, Cardenosa D, Maddox JD. 2020. Microsatellite primer development in elasmobranchs using next generation sequencing of enriched libraries. Molecular Biology Reports, 47: 2669–2675.


Notarbartolo di Sciara G, Adnet S, Bennett M, Broadhurst MK, Fernando D, Jabado RW, Laglbauer BJL, Stevens G. 2019. Taxonomic status, biological notes, and conservation of the longhorned pygmy devil ray, Mobula eregoodoo (Cantor, 1849). Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. 1–19.

Chin A, Baje L, Donaldson T, Gerhardt K, Jabado RW, Kyne PM, Mana R, Mescam G, Mourier J, Planes S, Ward J, Wen C. 2019. The scientist abroad: maximizing research impact and effectiveness when working as a visiting scientist. Biological Conservation, 238: Article 108231.

Karnad D, Sutaria D, Jabado RW. 2019. Local drivers of declining shark fisheries in India. Ambio, 49(2): 616–627. 


Corrigan S, Lowther AD, Beheregaray LB, Bruce DB, Cliff G, Duffy CA, Foulis A, Francis MP, Goldsworthy SD, Hyde JR, Jabado RW, Kacev D, Marshall L, Mucientes G, Naylor G, Pepperell J, Queiroz N, White W, Wintner S, Rogers PJ. 2018.Population connectivity of the highly migratory shortfin mako (Isurus oxyrinchus Rafinesque 1810) and implications for management in the Southern Hemisphere. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 6:187.

Jabado RW, Al Hameli S, Grandcourt EM, Al Dhaheri S. 2018.Baited remote underwater video system (BRUVS) survey of elasmobranch abundance and distribution in the Arabian Gulf. Scientific Reports, 8:15597.

Tyabji Z, Jabado RW, Sutaria D. 2018. New records of sharks (Elasmobranchii) from the Andaman and Nicobar Archipelago in India with notes on current checklists. Biodiversity Data Journal, 6: e28593.

Jabado RW, Kyne PM, Pollom RA, Ebert DA, Simpfendorfer CA, Ralph GM, Al Dhaheri SS, Akhilesh KV, Ali K, Ali MH, Al Mamari TMS, Bineesh KK, El Hassan IS, Fernando D, Grandcourt EM, Khan MM, Moore ABM, Owfi F, Robinson DP, Romanov E, Soares A, Spaet JLY, Tesfamichael D, Valinassab T, Dulvy NK. 2018. Troubled waters: Threats and extinction risk of the sharks, rays and chimaeras of the Arabian Sea and adjacent waters. Fish and Fisheries, 19(6): 1043–1062.

Barnes A, Sutaria D, Harry A, Jabado RW. 2018. Demographics and length – weight relationships of commercially important sharks along the northwestern coast of India. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. 28(6): 1374–1383.

Jabado RW, 2018. The fate of the most threatened order of elasmobranchs: shark-like batoids (Rhinopristiformes) in the Arabian Seas. Fisheries Research, 204: 448–457.

Jabado RW, Kyne PM, Nazareth E, Sutaria DN. 2018. New record of the elusive Critically Endangered Ganges shark, Glyphis gangeticus, from IndiaJournal of Fish Biology, 92(5):1663–1669.


Whelan R, Jabado RW, Clarke C, Bin Muzaffar S. 2017. Observations of rays and guitarfish (Batoidea) in shallow waters around Siniya Island, Umm al-Quwain, United Arab Emirates. Tribulus, 25: 76–79.

Robinson DP, Jaidah M, Bach S, Rohner CA, Jabado RW, Ormond R, Pierce SJ. 2017. Some like it hot: Repeat migration and residency of whale sharks within an extreme natural environment.  PLOS One, 12(9): e0185360. 

Robinson DP, Jabado RW, Rohner CA, Pierce SJ, Hyland KP, Baverstock WR. 2017. Satellite tagging of rehabilitated green sea turtles Chelonia mydas from the United Arab Emirates, including the longest tracked journey for the species. PLOS One, 12(9): e0184286.

Jabado RW, Spaet JLY. 2017. Elasmobranch fisheries in the Arabian Seas Region: Characteristics, trade and management. Fish and Fisheries, 18(6): 1096–1118.­

Jabado RW, Al Baharna RA, Al Ali SR, Al Suwaidi KO, Al Blooshi AY, Al Dhaheri SS. 2017. Is this the last stand of the Critically Endangered green sawfish Pristis zijsron in the Arabian Gulf? Endangered Species Research, 32: 265–275.

Natoli A, Phillips KP, Richardson DS, Jabado RW. 2017. Low genetic diversity after a bottleneck in a population of a Critically Endangered migratory marine turtle species. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 491: 9–18. 

Notarbartolo Di Sciara G, Adnet S, Fernando D, Jabado RW. 2017. Mobulid rays (Chondrichthyes: Mobulidae) of the Arabian Seas, with a redescription of Mobula kuhlii (Valenciennes in Müller & Henle, 1841). Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 27(1): 197–218.


Robinson DP, Jaidah M, Bach S, Lee K, Jabado RW, Rohner CA, March A, Caprodossi S, Henderson AC, Mair JM, Ormond R, Pierce SJ. 2016. Population structure, abundance and movement of whale sharks in the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. PLOS One, 11(6): e0158593.

Jabado RW, Al Ghais SM, Hamza W, Robinson DP, Henderson AC. 2016. Biological data on shark species landed within the United Arab Emirates artisanal fishery. African Journal of Marine Science, 38(2): 217–232.

Henderson AC, Reeve AJ, Jabado RW, Naylor GJP. 2016. Taxonomic assessment of sharks, rays and guitarfishes (Chondrichthyes: Elasmobranchii) from south-eastern Arabia, using the NADH dehydrogenase subunit 2 (NADH2) gene. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 176(2): 399–442. 


Sutaria D, Parikh A, Barnes A, Jabado RW. 2015. First record of the sandbar shark, Carcharhinus plumbeus (Chondrichthyes: Carcharhiniformes: Carcharhinidae) from Indian waters. Marine Biodiversity Records, 8: e126. 

Jabado RW, Al Ghais SM, Hamza W, Henderson AC, Al Mesafri AA, 2015. The diet of two commercially important species in United Arab Emirates waters: the milk shark, Rhizoprionodonacutus (Rüppell, 1837) and slit-eye shark, Loxodon macrorhinus (Müller & Henle, 1839). Journal of Applied Ichthyology, 31(5): 870 – 875.

Spaet JLY, Jabado RW, Henderson AC, Moore ABM, Berumen ML, 2015. Population genetics of four heavily exploited shark species around the Arabian Peninsula. Ecology and Evolution, 5(12): 2317–2332. 

Jabado RW, Al Ghais SM, Hamza W, Henderson AC, Spaet JLY, Shivji MS, Hanner R. 2015. The trade in sharks and their products in the United Arab Emirates. Biological Conservation, 181C: 190–198. 

Jabado RW, Al Ghais SM, Hamza W, Henderson AC, Shivji MS. 2015. Shark diversity in the Arabian/Persian Gulf higher than previously thought: insights based on species composition of shark landings in the United Arab Emirates. Marine Biodiversity, 45(4): 719–731.

Jabado RW, Al Ghais SM, Hamza W, Henderson AC, 2015. The shark fishery in the United Arab Emirates: an interview based approach to assess the status of sharks. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 25: 800–816.

Chang CH, Jabado RW, Lin YS, Shao KT, 2015. The complete mitochondrial genome of the sand tiger shark, Carcharias taurus (Chondrichthyes, Odontaspididae). Mitochondrial DNA, 26(5): 728–729.


Moore ABM, Almojil D, Harris M, Jabado RW, White WT. 2013. New biological data on the rare, threatened shark Carcharhinus leiodon (Carcharhinidae) from the Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea. Marine and Freshwater Research, 64: 1–6. 

Robinson DP, Jaidah MY, Jabado RW, Lee-Brooks K, Nour El-Din NM, Al Malki AA, Elmeer K, McCormick P, Henderson AC, Ormond RFG. 2013. Whale Sharks, Rhincodon typus, aggregate around offshore platforms in Qatari waters of the Arabian Gulf to feed on fish spawn. PLOS One, 8(3): e58255. 

Jabado RW, Al Ghais SM, Hamza W, Henderson AC, Ahmad MA, 2013. First record of the sand tiger shark, Carcharias taurus, from United Arab Emirates waters. Marine Biodiversity Records, 6: e27.