Dutch Caribbean Species Register

Overview of the biodiversity of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius and Sint Maarten

Naturalis’ fieldwork on Sint Eustatius

Photos: Jeroen van der Brugge and Berry van der Hoorn

White-saddled catshark (Scyliorhinus hesperius) new for Bonaire and Curaçao

Sytske de Waart - 25 March 2021
White-saddled catshark (Scyliorhinus hesperius), Curacao, September 25th 2006. Record validated by Dr. D. Ross Robertson, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama. / Photo: Papy Cecilia

In 2019, the white-saddled catshark was caught for the first time near Bonaire and Curaçao.  The Dutch Caribbean waters are home to more than thirty species of sharks and rays.

References: 

Yarari Marine Mammal and Shark Sanctuary 2019. Sharks and rays of the Dutch Caribbean. BioNews 2: 33-39. link