1. Armstrong, A.O., Armstrong, A.J., Jaine, F.R.A., Couturier, L.I.E., Fiora, K., Uribe-Palomino, J., Weeks, S.J., Townsend, K.A., Bennett, M.B. & Richardson, A.J. (2016). Prey density threshold and tidal influence on reef manta ray foraging at an aggregation site on the Great Barrier Reef. PLoS ONE 11: e0153393. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0153393
  2. Bennett, M.B., Coman, F.F., Townsend, K.A., Couturier, L.I.E., Jaine, F.R.A. & Richardson, A.J. (2016). A historical and contemporary consideration of the diet of the reef manta ray (Manta alfredi) from the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Mar. Freshw. Res. http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF16046
  3. Burgess, K. & Bennett, M.B. (2016). Effects of ethanol storage and lipid and urea extraction on δ15N and δ13C isotope ratios in a benthic elasmobranch; the bluespotted maskray Neotrygon kuhlii. J. Fish Biol. Online doi:10.1111/jfb.13164
  4. Burgess, K., Couturier, L., Marshall, A., Richardson, A., Weeks, S. & Bennett, M.B. (2016). Manta birostris, predator of the deep? Insights into the diet of the giant manta ray using stable isotope analysis. Roy. Soc. Open Sci. DOI:10.1098/rsos.16717
  5. Dudgeon, C.L., Bennett, M.B. & Kyne, P.M. (2016). Chiloscyllium punctatum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T41872A68616745. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-1.RLTS.T41872A68616745.en
  6. Frost, A.-M., Jacobsen, I. & Bennett, M.B. (2016). The diet of the coffin ray, Hypnos monopterygius (Shaw, 1795) and predation mode inferred from jaw, dentition and electric organ morphology. Mar. Freshw. Res. http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF16200
  7. Kyne, P.M., Courtney, A.J., Jacobsen, I.P. & Bennett, M.B. (2016). Reproductive parameters of rhinobatid and urolophid batoids taken as bycatch in the Queensland (Australia) East Coast Otter Trawl Fishery. J. Fish Biol. 89, 1208-1226. DOI:10.1111/jfb.13020
  8. Bustamante, C., Bennett, M.B. & Ovenden, J.R. (2016) Genetype and phylogenomic position of the frilled shark Chlamydoselachus anguineus inferred from the mitochondrial genome. Mitochond. DNA. DOI: 10.1080/23802359.2015.1137801
  9. Nielsen, E.E., Morgan, J.A.T., Maher, S.L., Edson, J., Gauthier, M., Pepperell, J., Holmes, B.J., Bennett, M.B. & Ovenden, J.R. (2016). Extracting DNA from “jaws”: high yield and quality from archived tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) skeletal material. Mol. Ecol. Res. DOI: 10.1111/1755-0998.12580
  10. Ovenden, J.R., Leigh, G.M., Blower, D.C., Jones, A.T., Moore, A., Bustamante, C., Buckworth, R.C., Bennett, M.B. & Dudgeon, C.L. (2016). Can estimates of genetic effective population size contribute to fisheries stock assessments? J. Fish Biol. DOI: 10.1111/jfb.13129
  11. Stephan, C.N., Priesler, R., Bulut, O. & Bennett, M. (2016). Turning the tables of sex distinction in craniofacial identification: Why females possess thicker facial soft tissues tan males, not viceversa. Am. J. Phys. Anthropol. DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.23029
  12. Taylor, S. M., Harry, A. V. & Bennett, M. B. (2016). Living on the edge: Latitudinal variations in the reproductive biology of two coastal species of sharks in Australia. J. Fish Biol. (Early view online 16/09/16: DOI: 10.1111/jfb.13126.


  1. Bowden, D.L., Vargas-Caro, C., Ovenden, J.R., Bennett, M.B., Bustamante, C. (2015). The phylogenomic position of the grey nurse shark Carcharias taurus Rafinesque, 1810 (Lamniformes, Odontaspididae) inferred from the mitochondrial genome. Mitochond. DNA DOI: 10.3109/19401736.2015.1089486
  2. Gauthier, A.R.G., Whitehead, D.L., Bennett, M.B. & Tibbetts, I.R. (2015). Morphology of the teleost ampullary organs in marine salmontail catfish Neoarius graeffei (Pisces: Ariidae) with comparative analysis to freshwater and estuarine conspecifics. J. Morphol. Published online 22/5/15. DOI: 10.1002/jmor.20396
  3. Holmes, B., Peddemors, V., Gutteridge, A., Geraghty, P., Chan, R., Tibbetts, I. & Bennett, M. (2015). Age and growth of the tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) off the east coast of Australia. J. Fish Biol. 87, 422-448.
  4. Ooi, M., Fernando, D., Gaus, C., Villa, C., Richardson, A.J. & Townsend, K.A. (2015). Levels of arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury in the branchial plate and muscle tissue of mobulid rays. Mar. Poll. Bull. 94, 251-259. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2015.02.005
  5. Pardo, S.A., Burgess, K.B., Teixeira, D. & Bennett, M.B. (2015). Local-scale resource partitioning by stingrays on an intertidal flat. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 533, 205-218. DOI: 10.3354/meps11358.
  6. Rohner, C.A., Richardson, A.J., Prebble, C.E.M., Marshall, A.D., Bennett, M.B., Weeks, S.J. Cliff, G., Wintner, S.P. & Pierce, S.J. (2015). Laser photogrammetry improves size and demographic estimates for whale sharks. PeerJ. 3:e886. DOI: 10.7717/peerj.886
  7. Taylor, S.M., Johnson, J.W. & Bennett, M.B. (2015). Spatial gradient in the distribution of whaler sharks (carcharhinidae) in Moreton Bay, southeastern Queensland. Mem. Qld. Mus.- Nature. 59, 1-15.
  8. Williams, S.M., Bennett, M.B., Pepperell, J.G., Morgan, J.A.T. & Ovenden, J.R. (2015). Spatial genetic subdivision among populations of the highly migratory black marlin Istiompax indica within the central Indo-Pacific Mar. Fresh. Res.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF14370
  9. Vargas-Caro, C., Bustamante, C., Lamilla, J., & Bennett, M.B. (2015). A review of longnose skates Zearaja chilensis and Dipturus trachyderma. Universitas Scient. Univ. Sci. 20, 321-359.
  10. Vargas-Caro, C., Bustamante, C., Bennett, M.B. & Ovenden, J.R. (2015). The complete validated mitochondrial genome of the skate Dipturs trachyderma (Rajiformes, Rajidae). Mitochond. DNA pp. 1-2. DOI: 10.3109/19401736.2015.1060462.


  1. Bustamante, C., Vargas-Caro, C. & Bennett, M.B. (2014). Not all fish are equal: Functional biodiversity of cartilaginous fishes (Elasmobranchii and Holocephali) in Chile . J. Fish Biol. 85, 1617-1633.
  2. Bustamante, C., Vargas-Caro, C. & Bennett, M.B. (2014). Biogeographic patterns in the cartilaginous fauna (Pisces: Elasmobranchii and Holocephali) in the southeast Pacific Ocean. PeerJ 2:e416; http://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.416
  3. Couturier, L.I.E., Dudgeon, C.L., Pollock, K.H., Jaine, F.R.A., Bennett, M.B., Townsend, K.A., Weeks, S.J. & Richardson, A.J. (2014). Population dynamics of the reef manta ray Manta alfredi in eastern Australia. Coral Reefs 33, 329-342.
  4. Gutteridge, A.N. & Bennett, M.B. (2014). Functional implications of ontogenetically and sexually dimorphic dentition in the eastern shovelnose ray, Aptychotrema rostrata. J. Exp. Biol. 217, 192-200.
  5. Holmes, B., Tibbetts, I. & Bennett, M.B. (2014). Tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) movement patterns and habitat use determined by satellite tagging in eastern Australian waters. Mar. Biol. 161, 2645-2658.
  6. Jaine, F.R.A., Rohner, C.A., Weeks, S.J., Couturier, L.I.E., Bennett, M.B., Townsend, K.A. & Richardson, A.J. (2014). Movements and habitat use of reef manta rays off eastern Australia: offshore excursions, deep diving and eddy affinity revealed by satellite telemetry. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 510, 73-86.
  7. Vargas-Caro, C.,  Bustamante, C., Bennett, M.B. & Ovenden, J.R. (2014). The complete validated mitochondrial genome of the yellownose skate Zearaja chilensis (Guichenot 1848) (Rajiformes, Rajidae). Mitochond. DNA. Early online: 1-2. doi: 10.3109/19401736.2014.945530
  8. Whitehead, D.L, Gauthier, A.R.G., Mu, E.W.H., Bennett, M.B. & Tibbetts, I.R. (2014). Morphology of the ampulla of Lorenzini in juvenile freshwater Carcharhinus leucas. J. Morphol. Pub. Online DOI 10.1002/jmor.20355


  1. Biknevicius, A.R., Reilly, S.M., McElroy, E.J. & Bennett, M.B. (2013). Symmetrical gaits and center of mass mechanics in small-bodied, primitive mammals. Zoology 116, 67-74.
  2. Bustamante, C. & Bennett, M.B. (2013). Insights into the reproductive biology and fisheries of two commercially exploited species, shortfin mako (Isurus oxyrinchus) and blue shark (Prionace glauca), in the south-east Pacific Ocean. Fish. Res. 143, 174-183.
  3. Bustamante, C., Kyne, P.M. & Bennett, M.B. (2013). A comparative morphological study of the egg cases of catsharks (Carcharhiniformes: Scyliorhinidae: Asymbolus and Figaro) of southern Queensland, Australia. J. Fish Biol. 83, 133-143.
  4. Couturier, L.I.E., Bennett, M.B. & Richardson, A.J. (2013). Mystery of giant rays off the Gaza strip solved. Oryx 47, 479-482.
  5. Couturier, L.I.E., Rohner, C.A., Richardson, A.J., Pierce, S.J., Marshall, A.D., Jaine, F.R.A., Townsend, K.A., Bennett, M.B., Weeks, S. & Nichols, P.D. (2013). Stable isotope and signature fatty acid analyses show reef manta rays feed on surface and demersal zooplankton. PLoS ONE 8(10): e77152. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0077152.
  6. Couturier, L.I.E., Rohner, C.A., Richardson, A.J., Pierce, S.J., Marshall, A.D., Jaine, F.R.A., Townsend, K.A., Bennett, M.B. & Nichols, P.D. (2013). Unusually high levels of omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids in whale sharks and reef manta rays and food-web implications. Lipids 48, 1029-1034.
  7. Cutmore, S.C., Miller, T.L., Curran, S.S., Bennett, M.B. & Cribb, T.H. (2013). Phylogenetic relationships of the Gorgoderidae (Platyhelminthes: Trematoda), including the proposal of a new subfamily (Degeneriinae n. subfam.). Parasitol. Res. 112 (8), 3063-3074.
  8. Gutteridge, A.N., Huveneers, C., Marshall, L.J., Tibbetts, I.R. & Bennett, M.B. (2013). Life-history traits of a small-bodied coastal shark. Mar. Freshw. Res. 64, 54-65.
  9. Huveneers, C., Stead, J., Bennett, M.B., Lee, K., Schroeder, S. & Harcourt, R.G. (2013). Age and growth determination of three sympatric wobbegong sharks: how reliable is growth band periodicity in Orectolobidae? Fish. Res. 147, 413-425.
  10. Jacobsen, I.P. & Bennett, M.B. (2013). A comparative analysis of feeding and trophic level ecology in stingrays (Rajiformes; Myliobatoidei) and electric rays (Rajiformes: Torpedinoidei). PLoS ONE 8(8), e71348.
  11. Jacobsen, I.P., Scott-Holland, T. & Bennett, M.B. (2013). Lepadidae barnacles (Lepadiformes: Lepadomorpha) in association with copepods parasitising pelagic elasmobranchs in the Western Pacific. NZ J Mar. Freshw Res. 47, 120-123.
  12. Nguyen, H., Cassady, A.I., Bennett, M.B., Gineyts, E., Wu, A., Morgan, A.F. & Forwood, M.R. (2013). Reducing the radiation sterilization dose improves mechanical and biological quality while retaining sterility assurance levels of bone allografts. Bone 57, 194-200.
  13. Rohner, C.A., Pierce, S.J., Marshall, A.D., Weeks, S.J., Bennett, M.B. & Richardson, A.J. (2013). Trends in sighting and environmental influences on a coastal aggregation of manta rays and whale sharks.  Mar Ecol. Prog. Ser. 482, 153-168.
  14. Taylor, S. & Bennett, M.B. (2013). Size, sex and seasonal patterns in the assemblage of Carcharhiniforms in a sub-tropical bay. J. Fish Biol. 82, 228-241.


  1. Bansemer, C. & Bennett, M.B. (2012). Carcharias taurus, grey nurse shark (east coast population). In ‘Queensland’s Threatened Animals’ (Eds. L.K. Curtis, A.J. Dennis, K.R. McDonald, P.M. Kyne & S.J.S. Debus). Pp 64-65. CSIRO Publishing, Australia.
  2. Bustamante, C., Lamilla, J., Concha, F., Ebert, D.A.  & Bennett, M.B. (2012). Morphological characters of the thickbody skate Amblyraja frerichsi (Krefft 1968) (Rajiformes: Rajidae), with notes on its biology. PLoS ONE 7(1), e39963.
  3. Bustamante, C, Couturier, L.I.E. & Bennett, M.B. (2012). First record of Mobula japanica (Rajiformes: Myliobatidae) from the south-eastern Pacific Ocean. Mar. Biodivers. Rec. 5, e48. doi:10.1017/S1755267212000310
  4. Bustamante, C., Flores, H., Concha-Pérez, Y., Vargas-Caro, C., Lamilla, J., Bennett, M. (2012). First record of Hydrolagus melanophasma James, Ebert, Long & Didier, 2009 (Chondrichthyes, Chimaeriformes, Holocephali) from the southeastern Pacific Ocean. Latin Am. J. Aquat. Res. 40, 236−242.
  5. Bustamante, C., Vargas-Caro, C., Oddone, M.C., Concha, F.,  Flores, H., Lamilla, J. & Bennett, M.B. (2012). Reproductive biology of Zearaja chilensis (Chondrichthyes: Rajidae) in the south-east Pacific Ocean. J. Fish Biol. 80, 1213-1226.
  6. Couturier, L.I.E., Marshall, A.D., Jaine, F.R.A., Kashiwagi, T., Pierce, S.J., Townsend, K.A., Weeks, S.J., Bennett, M.B. & Richardson, A.J. (2012). Biology, ecology and conservation of the Mobulidae. J. Fish Biol. 80, 1075-1119.
  7. Kashiwagi, T., Broderick, D., Lance, S.L., Bennett, M.B. & Ovenden, J.R. (2012). Development and characterization of ten microsatellite loci for the reef manta ray Manta alfredi. Cons. Gen. Res. 4(4), 1055-1058. doi: 10.1007/s12686-012-9705-7
  8. Kashiwagi, T., Marshall, A.D., Bennett, M.B. & Ovenden, J.R. (2012). The genetic signature of recent speciation in manta rays (Manta alfredi and M. birostris). Mol. Phylogen. Evol. 64, 212-214.
  9. Holmes, B.J., Sumpton, W.D., Mayer, D.G., Tibbetts, I.R., Neil, D.T. & Bennett, M.B. (2012). Declining trends in annual catch rates of the tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) in Queensland, Australia. Fish. Res. 129-130, 38-45.
  10. Jacobsen, I.P. & Bennett, M.B. (2012). Feeding ecology and dietary comparisons among three sympatric Neotrygon (Myliobatoidei: Dasyatidae) species. J. Fish Biol. 80, 1580-1594.
  11. Jaine, F.R.A., Couturier, L.I.E., Weeks, S.J., Townsend, K.A., Bennett, M.B., Fiora, K. & Richardson, A.J. (2012). When giants turn up: sighting trends, environmental influences and habitat use of the manta ray Manta alfredi at a coral reef. PLoS ONE 7(10), e46170. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0046170.
  12. Pierce, S.J. & Bennett, M.B. (2012). The estuary stingray, Dasyatis fluviorum. In ‘Queensland’s Threatened Animals’ (Eds. L.K. Curtis, A.J. Dennis, K.R. McDonald, P.M. Kyne & S.J.S. Debus). Pp 64-65. CSIRO Publishing, Australia.