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Occurrence of barred knifejaw, Oplegnathus fasciatus (Actinopterygii: Perciformes: Oplegnathidae), in Malta (central Mediterranean) with a discussion on possible modes of entry.

The barred knifejaw, Oplegnathus fasciatus (Temminck et Schlegel, 1844), a species native to the North Western and Eastern Central Pacific, is recorded from the central Mediterranean for the first time. Two individuals were photographed within a month of each other in Grand Harbour and in Marsamxett Harbour, Malta. It seems likely that the fish were introduced by shipping and different scenarios how this may have happened are discussed.


Schembri, P.J.; Bodilis, P.; Evans, J. & Francour, P. (2010) Occurrence of Oplegnathus fasciatus (Temminck et Schlegel, 1844) (Actinopterygii: Perciformes: Oplegnathidae) in Malta (Central Mediterranean) with a discussion on possible modes of entry. Acta Ichthyologica et Piscatoria 40(2): 101-104.



Photograph of the specimen of Oplegnathus fasciatus captured from the Valletta Waterfront, Grand Harbour, Malta by John Attard on 22 November 2009; The fish was ca. 13 cm long (Photograph¬© John Attard, 2009) 

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