Rhincodon typus

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Noun1.Rhincodon typus - large spotted shark of warm surface waters worldwideRhincodon typus - large spotted shark of warm surface waters worldwide; resembles a whale and feeds chiefly on plankton
shark - any of numerous elongate mostly marine carnivorous fishes with heterocercal caudal fins and tough skin covered with small toothlike scales
genus Rhincodon, Rhincodon - whale sharks
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A male juvenile whale shark (Rhincodon typus) found floating off the coast of Cataingan town in Masbate Tuesday may have been hunted, the spokesperson of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Bicol told the Inquirer Friday.
The whale shark Rhincodon typus (Smith, 1828) represents the monotypic family Rhincodontidae (Compagno et al., 2005).
FACT FILE Whale sharks, or Rhincodon typus, can grow up to 41.5 ft -- the size of 3 cars arranged end to end.
KORANADAL CITY - Fourteen (14) more whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) were recently found in Sarangani Bay as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has taken note that the Philippines has emerged as the country with the second largest habitat of the endangered marines species, locally called "butanding".
Abstract--A male whale shark (Rhincodon typus) has been kept in captivity at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, Japan, for 23 years, providing a rare opportunity to observe sexual maturation of a male.
A whale shark (Rhincodon typus) swims in the Caribbean Sea in Isla Mujeres July 14, 2011.
Population size and structure of whale sharks Rhincodon typus at Ningaloo Reef, western Australia.
Whale sharks (Rhincodon typus)--gentle, polka-dotted plankton-eaters that can attain the size of a bus--are the darlings of ecotourism dive operations in multiple nations but face many threats: unintentional bycatch by fishing vessels, targeted fishing in some places, pollution, ship strikes and habitat loss.
Filter feeding entails the forward motion of an open-mouthed fish, such as a whale shark Rhincodon typus, through the water column from which planktonic prey are captured on highly modified gill structures and subsequently transported to the digestive system (Motta et al., 2010).
Whale sharks, Rhincodon typus, display a number of behaviors that suggest these animals can locate food from afar, as well as identify and discriminate between food items.
Whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) are the largest fish species on the planet, some measuring as much as 18 metres in length, with dark grey skin covered with white star-like spots.