Shark Reproduction

Knowledge of the reproductive life history of a species is an essential component in understanding a species' ability to withstand both natural and manmade pressures. Estimates of maturity combined with age are fundamental to proper management, particularly at the species level. Repro Picture

The APP conducts basic biological studies on the reproduction of sharks to gain a comprehensive picture of the reproductive cycle of a given species.

Male Shark Reproductive System

Once samples of all sizes are obtained, a graph of the relationship of body length to organ length or width will generally show an inflection at the point of maturity - this should show up at approximately the same point for all organs measured for a species and sex.

Male Repro Graph
Goals in combination with age data:
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(File Modified Sep. 14 2011)