This report updates the geographical distribution of Sardinella gibbosa (Bleeker, 1849): confirming its presence in the Red Sea and documenting its introduction into the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Both updates are based on overlooked museum voucher specimens, some of which were collected 86 years ago. In addition, a simplified morphological key is provided for identifying the clupeids currently found in the Eastern Mediterranean Basin.
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We are grateful to Captain L. Ornoy of the F/V Moty for long time cooperation and assistance and for O. Rittner for the specimen photograph. We also want to thank D. Golani from HUJ and P. Pruvost from MNHN for granting access to their fish collections. This research was supported by the Israeli Taxonomy Initiative (ITI) and by Steinhardt Natural History Museum and National Research Centre at Tel Aviv University, Israel. We would also like to acknowledge anonymous reviewers for their valuable suggestions in revising the manuscript.
© 2015 The Author(s). and 2015 REABIC.
- Alien species
- Lessepsian migration
- Levant Basin
- Red Sea
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics