There are over 150 species of sharks, rays, guitarfishes, and sawfishes occurring in the region. Below are Did You Know? fact sheets focusing on some of these species.

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species information

There are over 100 species of elasmobranchs recorded from the Arabian Seas region and their identification can be problematic! With the support of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and CMS (United Nations Programme for the Convention on Migratory Species) Sharks Memorandum of Understanding, we recently published a guide entitled 'Sharks of the Arabian Seas: an identification guide' co-authored by the project leader Rima Jabado and Dave Ebert. This guide, in English and Arabic, features all species of sharks confirmed from the Arabian Seas region as well as batoid species that have been listed on international instruments such as the CMS or the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna (CITES). Now you can download this guide for free and use it as a resource to identify species that you report!

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