Distribution, abundance and biological features of anglerfish (Lophius piscatoirus and Lophhius budegassa) (Osteichthyes: Lphiiformes) in the Mediterranean Sea
Keywords:Lophius piscatorius, Lophius budegassa, distribution, population structure, length at maturity, Mediterranean Sea
The distribution and biological features of anglerfish (Lophius piscatorius and L. budegassa) in the Mediterranean Sea were analysed from trawl surveys data (MEDITS project, years 1994-1999). The above-mentioned species were widely distributed in the Mediterranean, but differences in abundance were found according to geographic sectors and depths. Most of the collected specimens belonged to the first length cohorts and length distributions also differed at macro-area levels. Mean sizes at female sexual maturity were estimated at 68.5 cm and 66.2 cm total length, respectively for L. piscatorius and L. budegassa.
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