A NEW DEEPWATER FISH, CHAULIODUS SLOANI BLOCH & SCHNEIDER, 1801 (OSTEICHTHYES: STOMIIDAE), FROM THE TURKISH WATERS OF LEVANT SEA (EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN)

A new deepwater fish, Chauliodus sloani Bloch & Schneider, 1801 (Osteichthyes: Stomiidae), from the Turkish waters of Levant Sea (Eastern Mediterranean)

Cem Dalyan, Lütfiye Eryılmaz

Istanbul University, Science Faculty, Department of Biology, Vezneciler, 34134 Istanbul, TURKEY

Abstract

The first record of the Viperfish Chauliodus sloani, with morphometric and meristic characteristics, in Turkish waters of Levant Sea are reported. One specimen was caught in a trawl on 26 April 2004 at a depth of ca. 400 m in (36°02′- 36°05′ N, 35°37′ – 35°29′ E). The specimen is the first sample which is caught of this species from Levant Sea.

Keywords: Stomiidae, Chauliodus sloani, deepwater fish, Levant Sea

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