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First record of the bluespotted cornetfish, Fistularia commersonii Rüppell, 1835 (Osteichthyes: Fistulariidae) in Edremit Bay (north-eastern Aegean Sea)

August 8, 2013

Since the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869, there has been an influx of Red Sea and Indo-Pacific species into the Mediterranean Sea, a phenomenon known as Lessepsian migration. Over the past decades, 74 Lessepsian fish species have been recorded in the Mediterranean (Golani, 2010), with six of these species reaching the north-eastern Aegean Sea (Turker-Cakir and Metin, 2012).

The bluespotted cornetfish F. commersonii Rüppell, 1835, a reef-associated species of minor importance to commercial fisheries, is widely distributed in the East Pacific, from Mexico to Panama, in southern Japanese, Australian and New Zealand waters, in East African waters, and in the Red Sea (Froese and Pauly, 2012). First recorded in Israeli waters of the Mediterranean in January 2000, it was classified as a new Lessepsian migrant (Golani, 2000).

This paper presents the first record and description of the Lessepsian migrant bluespotted cornetfish F. commersonii Rüppell, 1838 (Fistulariidae) in the north-eastern Aegean Sea.

Türker-Çakır D, Çoktuğ B, Zengin K, in press., First record of the bluespotted cornetfish, Fistularia commersonii Rüppell, 1835 (Osteichthyes: Fistulariidae) in Edremit Bay (north-eastern Aegean Sea), Journal of Applied Ichthyology, 2013, doi:10.1111/jai.12289. Article.

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