The occurrence of Acanthurus monroviae(Perciformes: Acanthuridae) in the south‐western Atlantic, with comments on other eastern Atlantic reef fishes occurring in Brazil

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The presence of ‘vagrants’ of the eastern Atlantic surgeonfish Acanthurus monroviae is confirmed for the south‐eastern coast of Brazil. Three other species, Aulostomus strigosus(Aulostomidae), Parablennius pilicornis(Blenniidae) and Epinephelus marginatus(Serranidae) have apparently also crossed the Atlantic from east to west, whereas the great majority of ‘amphi‐Atlantic’ species appears to have their origin in the western Atlantic.

Keywords: Acanthurus monroviae; amphi‐Atlantic; biogeography; reef fishes

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Instituto Laje Viva, Rua Aurélio Sório, 346, Praia do Guaiúba, Guarujá, SP, 11421-130, Brazil, 2: National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, University of California, Santa Barbara 735 State Street, Suite 300 Santa Barbara, CA 93101-5504, U.S.A., 3: Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, Depto. de Ecologia e Recursos Naturais, Vitória, ES, 29060-900, Brazil, 4: Instituto de Estudos do Mar Almirante Paulo Moreira (IEAPM), Departamento de Oceanografia, Rua Kioto 253, Arraial do Cabo, RJ, 28930-000, Brazil and 5: Centro de Ciências do Mar, Universidade do Algarve, Campus de Gambelas, 8000-17, Faro, Portugal

Publication date: October 1, 2004

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