FIRST RECORD OF THE BLENNY PARABLENNIUS THYSANIUS (JORDAN & SEALE, 1907) IN THE MEDITERRANEAN

First record of the blenny Parablennius thysanius (Jordan & Seale, 1907) in the Mediterranean

Elif Özgür Özbek, Merve Özkaya, Bayram Öztürk, Daniel Golani

Antalya Metropolitan Municipality, Department of Cultural and Social Affairs, Marine Biology Museum, Yacht Marina, Antalya, TURKEY
Turkish Marine Research Foundation, (TUDAV), P.O. Box: 10, Beykoz, Istanbul, TURKEY
Faculty of Fisheries, Istanbul University, Ordu St., No: 200, 34470, Laleli, Istanbul, TURKEY
Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 91904, Jerusalem, ISRAEL

Abstract

The blenny Parablennius thysanius is recorded for the first time in the Mediterranean Sea. The specimen was collected by scraping the mooring bouys at the Great Harbour of Antalya, Turkey. The source of the Mediterranean specimen could be fouling or ballast water or even from the Red Sea via the Suez Canal (Lessepsian migrant).

KeywordsParablennius thysanius, Blennidae, Turkey, Mediterranean, alien species

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