Unambiguous identification of the non-indigenous species Cynoscion regalis (Sciaenidae) from Portugal

Béarez P., Gabriel S., Dettaï A.

Published date: September 2016
Volume: 40
Number: 3
Pagination: 245-248
Publisher: Société Française d'Ichtyologie
doi: https://doi.org/10.26028/cybium/2016-403-007
Abstract

Several specimens of Cynoscion regalis have been captured in the Sado Estuary, western Portugal. This species is a common inhabitant of the shallow marine and oligohaline waters of eastern North America. Evidence of this species just 5,000 km to the east of Portugal is surprising, but identification has been confirmed by morphometric characters and the CO1 gene sequence. This recent discovery could be due to ship transport: the main pathway for alien marine fish invasions.

Keywords: Alien species - Cynoscion regalis - DNA barcoding - New record - Portugal - Sciaenidae
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