Skip to content

New records of rare deep-water fish species in the Eastern Ionian Sea (Mediterranean Sea)

July 1, 2013

We report new species records and information related to meristic, morphometric, bathymetric and biological characteristics that increase our knowledge of the deep ichthyofauna of the Ionian Sea (E. Mediterranean). The material was collected with long lines from 300 to 800 m deep in the Eastern Ionian Sea in June and October 2010. The fish species Schedophilus ovalis (Cuvier, 1833) (Osteichthyes: Centrolophidae), Sudis hyalina Rafinesque, 1810 (Osteicthyes: Paralepididae), Brama brama (Bonnaterre, 1788) (Osteichthyes: Bramidae) and Trachipterus trachypterus (Gmelin, 1789) (Osteichthyes: Trachipteridae) were recorded for the first time in the Eastern Ionian Sea. The absence of these new or rare species from the ichthyofauna of the study area to date is probably related to the absence of adequate sampling and catching techniques, although environmental factors could also be involved.

Mytilineaou C, Anastasopoulou A, Chirtide G, et al. in press. New records of rare deep-water fish species in the Eastern Ionian Sea (Mediterranean Sea), Journal of Natural History, doi:10.1080/00222933.2013.775372. Article (subscription required).

Advertisements

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: