Scientia Marina, Vol 66, No 3 (2002)

The Indo-Pacific striped eel catfish, Plotosus lineatus (Thunberg, 1787), (Osteichtyes: Siluriformes), a new record from the Mediterranean


https://doi.org/10.3989/scimar.2002.66n3321

Daniel Golani
Department of Evolution, Systematics and Ecology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Abstract


The striped eel catfish, Plotosus lineatus (Thunberg, 1787), is recorded for the first time from the eastern Mediterranean coast of Israel. Seventeen specimens of this highly-venomous fish were caught by a commercial trawler at depths of 20 m. This species´ occurrence in the Mediterranean is the result of migration from the Red Sea via the Suez Canal (Lessepsian migration).

Keywords


Plotosus lineatus; Lessepsian migration; eastern Mediterranean

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