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Azores chondrichthyes updated checklist

Latest version published by Universidade dos Açores on Oct 9, 2019 Universidade dos Açores

This updated checklist of the Chondrichthyans already identified within the Azores EEZ follows the last revised version published by Barreiros & Gadig (2011). Although no new records are now registered the taxonomy has been updated. New information regarding the specific occurrence of the rare Odontaspis ferox was recently published (see Barcelos et al. 2018). As for the updated checklist of Azores' Actinopterygii, the first comprehensive chondrichthyan checklist was published by Santos et al. (1997) and later updated by Porteiro et al. (2010).

Data Records

The data in this checklist resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 131 records. 1 extension data tables also exist. An extension record supplies extra information about a core record. The number of records in each extension data table is illustrated below.

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How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Barreiros J P, Azevedo J (2019): Azores chondrichthyes updated checklist. v1.0. Universidade dos Açores. Dataset/Occurrence.


Researchers should respect the following rights statement:

The publisher and rights holder of this work is Universidade dos Açores. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) 4.0 License.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 9c16a8b8-ea89-4d29-929c-b2f3e6002029.  Universidade dos Açores publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by GBIF Portugal.


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Who created the resource:

João Pedro Barreiros
Aggregate Professor
Universidade dos Açores Rua Capitao Joao D'Avila 9701-042 Angra do Heroismo string:Portugal PT +3519656916
José Azevedo
Universidade dos Açores Rua da Mãe de Deus 9600 Ponta Delgada string:Portugal

Who can answer questions about the resource:

João Pedro Barreiros
Aggregate Professor
Universidade dos Açores Rua Capitao Joao D'Avila 9701-042 Angra do Heroismo string:Portugal PT +3519656916
José Azevedo
Assistant Professor
Universidade dos Açores Rua da Mãe de Deus 9600 Ponta Delgada string:Portugal PT

Who filled in the metadata:

João Pedro Barreiros
Aggregate Professor
Universidade dos Açores Rua Capitao Joao D'Avila 9701-042 Angra do Heroismo string:Portugal PT +3519656916

Who else was associated with the resource:

João Pedro Barreiros

Geographic Coverage

The Azores EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone).

Bounding Coordinates South West [34, -35.578], North East [42.976, -21]

Taxonomic Coverage

This dataset covers all the sharks, rays and chimaeras so far known to occurr within the Azores' EEZ.

Kingdom  Animalia
Phylum  Chordata
Class  Chondrichthyes (Cartilaginous fish)

Project Data

Summary: The Azorean Biodiversity Portal E-Infrastructure was approved by FCT for the National Research Infrastructure in the Roadmap. The approval of Azorean Biodiversity Portal by the Portuguese E-Infrastructure Roadmap, will guarantee financial support between 2019 and 2021 and the improvement of the Portal and new products. This is quite an important achievement for this regional Biodiversity Portal. The Azorean Biodiversity Portal (ABP) is a key e-infrastructure for the integrated management of biodiversity data of the Azores, providing a large number of specialized services supporting research, policy and education. The evaluators considered that the submitted proposal lists some significant policy integration opportunities with Azorean government using the portal as part of its conservation activities for protected areas, as well as for the sustainable management of biodiversity relating to agriculture, forestry and fisheries. This was the first Biodiversity Portal in Portugal, starting in 2008, and the only one which provides easy access to island biodiversity data. ABP is currently recognized as a valuable outreach, management and conservation tool for all who work in science and protection of biodiversity. The 3000 visits per day, the numerous international scientific collaborations, resulting in publications and academic thesis, and the connection with other prestigious databases demonstrate the Portal’s scientific quality as well as its general appeal. This project initiated in 2008 under the leadership of researchers from the Azorean Biodiversity Group (CITA_A) based in the Dep. of Agrarian Sciences in Terceira Island and included also the collaboration with researchers from the CIBIO-Azores based in the Dep. Biology of the Univ of Azores and more recently researchers from IMAR-DOP in Horta. In this moment the Portal is being funded by Azorean Science Ministry (project ATLANTISMAR). The main ABP action lines are to: - improve the informatics system of the e-infrastructure to allow complex queries and improve user-friendliness - guarantee a rigorous classification for every species, providing updated comprehensive checklists, ensuring accuracy on the compilation of biogeographical information; this is the backbone of the Portal and all its products and services - provide innovative biodiversity analytical tools for both researchers and community members and invite them to contribute data to the Portal, establishing effective science communication

Funding Funding Institutions: Azores PO 2020 - ACORES-01-0145-FEDER-000072 TOTAL BUDGET: 299. 901,83€ EU Support: 254. 916, 56€ This project was financed by FEDER in 85% and by Azorean Public funds by 15% through Operational Program Azores 2020. This work is also funded by FEDER funds through the COMPETE 2020 Programme and National Funds through FCT - Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology under the Research Infrastructure PORBIOTA - Portuguese E-Infrastructure for Information and Research on Biodiversity, project number POCI-01-0145-FEDER-022127.
Study Area Description Azores Archipelago

The personnel involved in the project:

Principal Investigator
Paulo Borges

Bibliographic Citations

  1. Porteiro F.M., Menezes G.M., Afonso P., Monteiro J.G. Santos R.S. 2010. Marine Fish (Chondrichthyes, Actinopterygii). Pp. 326-345. In: Borges P.A.V., Costa A., Cunha R., Gabriel R., Gonçalves V., Martins A. F., Melo I., Parente M., Raposeiro P., Rodrigues P., Santos R.S., Silva L., Vieira P, Vieira V. (eds.) A List of the Terrestrial and Marine Biota from the Azores. Principia, Cascais;
  2. Barreiros, J. P. & O. B. F. Gadig 2011. Catálogo Ilustrado dos Tubarões e Raias dos Açores. Instituto Açoriano de Cultura, Angra do Heroísmo. Edição Bilingue (Inglês). * Co-autoria dos textos e ilustração integral das espécies. 189pp.
  3. Barcelos LMD, Azevedo JMN, Pollerspöck J, Barreiros JP 2018. Review of the records of the smalltooth sand tiger shark, Odontaspis ferox (Elasmobranchi: Lamniformes: Odontaspididae), in the Azores. Acta Ichthyologica Et Piscatoria, 47 (3): 259–263. DOI: 10.3750/AIEP/02436
  4. Santos, R. S.; F. M. Porteiro & J. P. Barreiros, 1997. Marine fishes of the Azores: an annotated checklist and bibliography. Arquipélago. Life and Marine Sciences Supplement 1: xxviii + 244pp. Ponta Delgada;

Additional Metadata

Purpose Updating Azorean biota checklists.
Alternative Identifiers