First record of the Lessepsian species Hemiramphus far (Hemiramphidae) in Italian waters

Falautano M., Castriota L., Battaglia P., Romeo T., Andaloro F.

Published date: September 2014
Volume: 38
Number: 3
Pagination: 235–237
Publisher: Société Française d'Ichtyologie

Several specimens of the Lessepsian species Hemiramphus far (Forsskål, 1775) were caught by fishermen in Lampedusa Island (Straits of Sicily) in January and August 2013. Their morphometric and meristic characteristics, as well as diet observations, are reported. These findings represent the first documented record of this species in Italian waters and are the missing link in its migration pattern from the eastern Mediterranean Basin to the western one.

Keywords: Epipelagic - Hemiramphidae - Hemiramphus far - Lessepsian migration - Mediterranean Sea - Straits of Sicily
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