Hidden or extinct? Genome analysis of a 120-year-old torpedo ray specimen confirms species status

There are always little „treasures“ to be found in museum collections – that’s what makes them so valuable for research. Scientists from the Natural History Museum Vienna, Austria, and the LOEWE Centre for Translational Biodiversity Genomics (TBG) in Hesse, Germany, have now analysed the genetic data of a rare and presumably already extinct species of torpedo ray. It was collected, preserved, and described during the second Austro-Hungarian deep-sea expedition in the Red Sea between 1897 and 1898 – but has never been observed again since. The new results confirm that the torpedo ray Torpedo suessii is a separate species within the genus.

Quelle: IDW Informationsdienst Wissenschaft