The fish family Muraenidae: an ideal group for testing at small-scale the coherency of Macaronesia as a biogeographic unit, with the first report on separate fishery statistics




moray eels, biogeography, fishery landings, dissimilarity, eastern Atlantic


The present study was conceptualized to study the muraenid species (moray eels) occurring around the volcanic archipelagos of the Azores, Madeira, Selvagens, Canary and Cabo Verde islands (eastern-central Atlantic). The biogeographic patterns of these species were analysed and compared. We then hypothesized that this fish family is an ideal group for testing at small-scale the coherency of Macaronesia and its direct biogeographic units: i.e. the Azores, Webbnesia and Cabo Verde, as proposed in recent scientific literature. Additionally, this paper provides for the first time separate fishery statistics for this group in the region that were analysed to contrast the biogeographic results.


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González JA, Correia S, Jiménez S, Monteiro CA, Delgado J, Pinho MR, Lorenzo JM, González-Lorenzo G. The fish family Muraenidae: an ideal group for testing at small-scale the coherency of Macaronesia as a biogeographic unit, with the first report on separate fishery statistics. scimar [Internet]. 2021Sep.2 [cited 2021Sep.27];85(3):157-6. Available from:




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European Regional Development Fund
Grant numbers MAC/2.3d/097

European Regional Development Fund
Grant numbers MAC/2.3d/015