FIRST RECORD OF THE INDO-PACIFIC LIONFISH PTEROIS MILES(BENNETT, 1828) (OSTEICHTHYES: SCORPAENIDAE) FOR THE TURKISH MARINE WATERS

First record of the Indo-Pacific lionfish Pterois miles(Bennett, 1828) (Osteichthyes: Scorpaenidae) for the Turkish marine waters

Cemal Turan, Deniz Ergüden, Mevlüt Gürlek, Deniz Yağlıoğlu, Ali Uyan, Necdet Uygur

Marine Sciences and Technology Faculty, Mustafa Kemal University, TR31220 Iskenderun, Hatay, TURKEY
Department of Biology, Duzce University, Duzce, TURKEY
Technical School of Marine, Mustafa Kemal University, Iskenderun, Hatay, TURKEY

Abstract

A first record of the lionfish Pterois miles (Bennett, 1828) is reported for the Turkish marine waters, observed in Iskenderun Bay, Northeastern Mediterranean on 13 April 2014. The lionfish is the first non-native marine fishes, established in the family Scorpaenidae for the Turkish marine waters.

Keywords: Lessepsian species, lionfish, Pterois miles, first record, Turkish marine waters

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