Genie’s dogfish Squalusclarkae
WHAT IS IT? This sleek, greeneyed shark has been named Squalus clarkae after trailblazing marine biologist Eugenie Clark, who died in 2015 aged 92. “Not just the first female shark biologist, she was one of the first people to study sharks,” said Toby Daly-Engel, one of the scientists behind the discovery.
WHERE IS IT? Genie’s dogfish is a deep-sea species from the Gulf of Mexico and western Atlantic, a region that was well known to Eugenie Clark, who founded the Mote Marine Laboratory in Florida. Clark led expeditions around the world, pioneering the use of submersibles in marine biology and diving to 3.5km
SOURCE Zootaxa https://biotaxa.org/Zootaxa/article/view/zootaxa.4444.2.1
It’s an honour: the naming of Squalus clarkae immortalises a marine biologist.