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Apogon smithi (Kotthaus, 1970) (Teleostei: Apogonidae), a Red Sea cardinalfish colonizing the Mediterranean Sea

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Smith’s cardinalfish Apogon smithi is recorded for the first time in the Mediterranean Sea. Six specimens were caught by commercial trawler north of Jaffa, Israel, at depths of 40 m and the relatively high number of specimens suggests that A. smithi has established a sustainable population. This is the third Indo-Pacific apogonid species documented in the Mediterranean Sea, and is assumed to be a migrant originating from the Red Sea.

Keywords: Apogonidae; Lessepsian migration; eastern Mediterranean; first record

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Mt. Scopus Library, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 91905 Jerusalem, Israel 2: South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity, Grahamstown 6140, South Africa

Publication date: 2008-04-01

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