Vol. 24, Number 2, 2018

Filling the gap: a new record of diamondback puffer (Lagocephalus guentheri Miranda Riberio, 1915) from the west-eastern Mediterranean Sea, Turkey

Murat Çelik, Alan Deidun, Umut Uyan, Ioannis Giovos

Faculty of Fisheries, Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University, 48000, Menteşe, Muğla, TURKEY
Department of Geosciences, University of Malta, Msida MSD 2080 MALTA
Department of Marine Biology, Pukyong National University, (48513) 45, Yongso-ro, Nam-Gu, Busan, KOREA
iSea, Environmental Organization for the Preservation of the Aquatic Ecosystems, Ochi Av., 11, Thessaloniki, GREECE

Abstract 

One specimen of the diamondback puffer, Lagocephalus guentheri (Miranda Riberio, 1915), was recorded along the Turkish coast, off Gökova Bay, through the angling method on 12 June 2017. The morphological features of this species were examined indirectly by
image analyses software. This finding also supports the documented occurrence of the diamondback puffer fish along Turkish coasts.

Keywords: TTX, pufferfish, invasion, range expansion, Eastern Mediterranean

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