Estudio de la interrelaciones tróficas de dos elasmobranquios del Mar Argentino, en relación con las variaciones espacio-temporales y ambientales. Squalus acanthias (Squalidae) y Raja flavirostris (=Dipturus chilensis) (Rajidae).
Garcia de la Rosa, S.B.
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As a general rule, sharks and rays play an important role in the energy exchanges among higher trophic levels of the marine food chain and some of them, with an important impact as piscivorous predators. Squalus acanthias (Squalidae) and Raja flavirostris (=Dipturus chilensis )(Rajidae), are two elasmobranchs with high apparition frequencies in the SW Atlantic, in the coastal and demersal fishing trawls, co-existing and predating on the principal stocks of bony fish there located, especially the Argentine hake (Merluccius hubbsi). Both species could be transformed into alternative fishing resources, even though they are not currently commercially developed as such. The knowledge on their biology, given in great detail, will provide information for a better conservation and management, since their own elasmobranch characteristics (slow growth, late first maturity and reduced number of pups of great size), make them highly vulnerable to intensive fisheries. Information was taken from 1.....