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The author of the catalogue, Leonard J.V. Compagno, is the world's foremost experts on sharks.

The present publication, prepared under the UNDP/FAO Project for the Survey and Identification of World-Marine Fish Resources (GLO/82/001), is the fourth worldwide species catalogue issued within the FAO Fisheries Synopses series.

The work was facilitated by the author's involvement in several regional sets of FAO Species Identification Sheets for Fishery Purposes, which was made possible thanks to the support of several institutions both within and outside the USA, coordinated by the American Elasmobranch Society.

In the final stages of the work, the author could count on the generous assistance of the J.L.B. Smith Institute of Ichthyology, Grahamstown, South Africa.

The indexes of scientific and common international FAO species names and of local species names were prepared in collaboration with FAO's Fishery Information, Data and Statistics Service.

Illustrations were adapted and redrawn by a wide variety of sources, especially from Okutani, 1980.

P. Lastrico (principal ilustrator),
O. Lidonnici,
E. D'Antoni,
P.-L. Isola,
FAO, Rome

FAO Family and species names in French:
J.-C. Quéro, Institut Scientifique et Technique des Pêches, La Rochelle France.

Technical Editors:
W. Fischer and
C.E. Nauen, Fishery Resources and Environment Division, FAO.

Computer rendering and data implementation, into Linnaeus II software at ETI :

-All modules prepared by:
Huub Veldhuijzen van Zanten.

-Partners and Network co-ordination:
Rob Heijman.

-Multimedia figures:
Taghi Zandvakili.