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for Journal of the North Carolina Academy of Science Vol. 119 Issue 2, Summer 2003
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Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Institute of Marine Sciences examined the bilateral asymmetry of forty smalltooth sawfish (Pristis pectinata) rostral width, rostral tooth number variation, and rostral tooth surface areas by age. The purpose of the study was to resolve confusion regarding these factors, and how they may relate to other species of sawfishes.
Cosmopolitan occurring ocean sunfishes or molas, Mola mola and Mola lanceolata (family Molidae), have been documented in North Carolina waters by a number of marine scientists. Frank Schwartz of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Institute of Marine Sciences updated information on both molas in relation to seasonal occurrences in ocean and estuarine waters, food, age, and additional fish associations.
The gnathiid isopod, Bathygnathia depaolorosae, is a new marine crustacean species described from a single specimen collected off the North Carolina coast. Gnathia brucei, a second new species, is described on the basis of specimens from three stations off Cape Lookout, North Carolina.