New species of shark discovered in Panama

 New shark species discovered in Panama

Scientists have discovered in the Atlantic waters of Panama a new species of angel shark Squatina mapama, originating from the Cretaceous period, approximately 146-66 million years ago.

A distinctive feature Squatina mapama is a short and narrow line of small scales. A common feature of this species of sharks — flat, like a stingray, the body.

Using genetic analysis, the researchers were able to attribute the discovered shark to a separate species. Based on the distinctive feature of the scales, scientists proposed to name the new species — "small-crested shark— angel".

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