The shark-like rays are some of the most threatened species in the sea. In the Western Indian Ocean, Dave is untangling their taxonomy, getting to know where they live and investigating their fisheries status in order to inform better conservation strategies.
Careful attention to the details, morphologically (how species look) and genetically speaking, helps taxonomists decipher individual species and understand their relationships to other species groups. Photo by George Steinmetz | National Geographic Image Collection
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