THE FIRST RECORD OF THE LOWFIN CHUB KYPHOSUS VAIGIENSIS(QUOY & GAIMARD, 1825) FROM MALTA

The first record of the lowfin chub Kyphosus vaigiensis (Quoy & Gaimard, 1825) from Malta

Noel Vella, Adriana Vella, Sandra Agius Darmanin

Conservation Biology Research Group, Department of Biology, University of Malta, Msida MSD2080, MALTA

Abstract

This paper presents the morphometric, meristic and genetic analyses of the first specimen of the lowfin chub, Kyphosus vaigiensis, from the coastal Maltese waters. A single specimen was caught in January, 2015 from Malta, but since then a number of other occasional visual records of this species have been noted in close-by areas, indicating an established population in these waters.

Keywords: Kyphosus vaigiensis, alien species, Malta, Mediterranean Sea, DNA barcoding