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Reproduction in aquarium of nursehound, Scyliorhinus stellaris (Linnaeus 1758) and juveniles husbandry.
Scyliorhinus stellaris (Linnaeus 1758) is a shark of the Scyliorhinidae family, close to the Scyliorhinus canicula (Linnaeus 1758), species frequently hosted in public aquaria. Recently Mediterranean sharks experts are investigating about the loss of fishing captures in this sea bassin for scyliorhinidae (Dr.Serena pers.com). Not many data about natural life are available concerning this species of shark. In 2003 a pregnant specimen of Scyliorhinus stellaris, 90cm long, was transferred to the Argentario Mediterranean Aquarium and placed, in a 20.000l tank. Some juveniles born on 2004 and 2005 were transferred in the laboratory in order to study, tag and let them free on 2006. Collect data about their need in term of feeding and growing in captivity during the first life years, could be useful for a mediterranean program of tagging and repopulation with conservative proposal for the nursery sites.