International Journal of
Fisheries and Aquaculture

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Fish. Aquac.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9839
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJFA
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 212

Full Length Research Paper

First occurrence of the Red Sea goatfish, Parupeneus forsskali (Fourmanoir & Guézé, 1976) in the coastal waters of Egyptian Mediterranean Sea

Sahar F. Mehanna
  • Sahar F. Mehanna
  • National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, Egypt.
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Usama M. Mahmoud
  • Usama M. Mahmoud
  • Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, Assiut University, Egypt.
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Eman M. Hassanien
  • Eman M. Hassanien
  • National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, Egypt.
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  •  Received: 22 March 2016
  •  Accepted: 05 July 2016
  •  Published: 30 September 2016

Abstract

This study discusses the first recorded occurrence of the Red Sea goatfish, Parupeneus forsskali in the Egyptian Mediterranean waters, to the best of the authors’ understanding. On 31 January 2016, a single specimen of this species was captured from Alexandria coastal waters (31°16'N; 30°10'E), Mediterranean Sea, Egypt. The collected specimen represents the first record of P. forsskali in the Egyptian Mediterranean waters. This specimen has a total length of 26.5 cm, fork length of 23.0 cm and standard length of 21.5 cm and weighed 228.4 g (total weight). The finding of this paper confirms the establishment of this Lessepsian immigrant along the eastern Mediterranean.

 

Key words: Parupeneus forsskali, Lessepsian immigrant, Mediterranean, Egypt.