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Title: First record of Lutjanus fulviflamma (Osteichthyes : Lutjanidae) in the Mediterranean Sea
Authors: Vella, Adriana
Vella, Noel
Agius Darmanin, Sandra
Keywords: Introduced organisms -- Mediterranean Sea
Introduced organisms -- Malta
Genetics -- Research
Osteichthyes -- Mediterranean Sea
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Turkish Marine Research Foundation
Citation: Vella, A., Vella, N., & Agius Darmanin, S. (2015). First record of Lutjanus fulviflamma (Osteichthyes: Lutjanidae) in the Mediterranean Sea. Journal of the Black Sea/Mediterranean Environment, 21(3), 307-315.
Abstract: This paper presents the first record of Dory snapper, Lutjanus fulviflamma in the Mediterranean Sea. The specimen was caught from Valletta Waterfront, Malta (Central Mediterranean) on the 15th of December 2013. The species was identified through morphometric and meristic characters. Genetic analyses of the mitochondrial DNA sequences (COI, CO2, ND4 and Cytb) verified the species' identity, while phylogenetic analyses revealed that the specimen was of East African origin possibly finding its way into the Mediterranean Sea as a Lessepsian migrant through the Suez Canal due to the ongoing Erythrean invasion.
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