First record of Adriatic sole Pegusa impar (Osteichthyes: Soleidae) from the Syrian coast (Eastern Mediterranean Sea)
Malek Ali, Khadija Ounifi-Ben Amor, Samera Khalil, Adib Saad, Christian Capapé
Marine Sciences Laboratory, Basic Sciences Department, Faculty of Agriculture, Tishreen University, Lattakia, SYRIA
Institut National des Sciences et Technologies de la Mer, port de pêche, 2025 La Goulette, TUNISIA
Laboratoire d’Ichtyologie, case 104, Université Montpellier II, Sciences et Techniques du Languedoc, 34 095 Montpellier cedex 5, FRANCE
The present paper reports the first record of Adriatic sole Pegusa impar (Bennett, 1831) from the Syrian coast. This record confirms the occurrence of the species in the Levant Basin but does not suggest that a viable population is successfully established in this region. Its rarity in the area is probably due to misidentifications with other congeneric species.
Keywords: Morphometric measurements, meristic counts, distribution, Levant Basin, eastern Mediterranean