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    Andy Murch
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    There is a new paper examining regional differences in the brownbanded bamboo shark based on mitochondrial DNA and genome-wide nuclear single nucleotide polymorphisms evidence.
    The paper does not propose splitting this species. The authors use the bamboo shark as an example of a species that could easily be split into 3-4 species if genetic data is combined with subtle morphological differences between regional populations.
    If this becomes common practice, we may see a lot of ‘new’ sharks bveing described over the next few years.
    Here is the link:

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