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Lagocephalus sceleratus (Gmelin, 1789) expands through the African coasts towards the Western Mediterranean Sea: A call for awareness

July 30, 2014

The silver-cheeked toadfish Lagocephalus sceleratus is one of the most recent invaders in the Mediterranean Sea and a serious risk for public health. In June 2011, an awareness campaign to disseminate information related with this toxic species was launched by the Tunisian Ministry of Agriculture. Whilst providing a step toward the development of an appropriate early warning system, this case highlights a remarkable geographical extension of L. sceleratus along the entire Tunisian shoreline (from the island of Djerba to the region of Tabarka). We illustrate how the first step in the process of effectively managing the risks posed by an invasive species is to engage and communicate with the public.

Ben Souissi J, Rifi M, Ghanem R, Ghozzi L, Boughedir W, Azzurro E, 2014: Lagocephalus sceleratus (Gmelin, 1789) expands through the African coasts towards the Western Mediterranean Sea: A call for awareness, Management of Biological Invasions, 5(4). Article.

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