these up-dated pictures are of my collection,
some skulls of my own. those first are part my dry collection
(some are in drawers), one of my basking shark and my tiny great
white along with a mako head ive naturalized. i have some specimens
in alcohol in formol as well as a freezer full of complete sharks and
rays waiting to be thawed and studied . i study everything involving
shark cephalic structures, including anatomy(soft and hard parts), biting
dynamics and process, diversity and evolution. and i use to think jaw
structure is more important than teeth for identifying species..im quite
sure jaw structure could be used as a systematic tool and i hope to
work further in that direction and offer something that could be
used by other people.
i have around 150 shark species(dont know exactly
jaws seem to represent different forms of a "specific" shark species)
and have the luck to own very rare such as glyphis glyphis-leptocharias
smithii or oxynotus paradoxus and centroscymnus owstoni...as well as
around 20 rays species such as potamotrygon motoro-some
stingrays, guitar and butterfly rays.
a funny thing to add, about your shark stuff :
several years ago
i bought from you a sutorectus tentaculatus jaw, skin, lips and
tail and a scientist friend of mine is currently studying shark and
rays denticles. i gave him all the skin parts of the set you sent
cause he lacked this species for his studies. a tv program
contacted him at that time to ask if he could provide some
shark skin for a tv program about animals...and then all
the skin has been on french tv!! hehehe! ah!! and ive been
involved in a famous tv program about sharks here in france
lately for which they asked me about some shark jaws and
advices .. then some of your shark jaws were on the set
during recording..and on tv very soon!!
displayed on the left leptocharias smithii and oxynotus
paradoxus on the right.prepared by myself.
here are the pictures of nurse shark ginglymostoma cirratum ...
a grey nurse carcharias taurus ...
i began to dissect shark heads to understand how biting dynamics
work and as a result managed to do some very decent shark skulls!!
the little ray skull is from dasyatis hypostygma , the big one is from a
gymnura altavela,the devil shark skull is from a
squatina guggenheim, all from brazil
a porbeagle lamna nasus ...
i currently am writing several papers that should
be accepted soon
after correction and i plan to write several monographies about
the Hexanchoids. The first will be about Notorynchus cepedianus. i'm
lucky enough to be in contact with french scientists who support me
as well as good friends around the world sharing the same
"sharkdiction" than me and all of them bring me invaluable help!!!
YOUR FANTASTIC STORY
AND FABULOUS PHOTOS.
I'm Sure That Sharkites All Around the Globe Will
Be As Impressed With Your Collection As I!
Good Luck In Your Pursuit Of Sharkiness,
"The Best Specimens In CyberSpace"