Additional record of the tripletail fish Lobotes surinamensis (Bloch, 1790) in the northern Tunisian deep waters (central south Mediterranean)
Moez Shaiek, Sabri Jaziri, Ibrahim Ben Amer
Association Méditerranée Action-Nature (MAN, NGO), 01 rue d’Istanbul, 7000 Bizerte, TUNISIA
Faculty of Natural Resources and Environmental Science, University of Omar Mukhtar, El-Bayda, P.O. Box 919, LIBYA
The present study reports the capture and recording of an individual of the tripletail fish Lobotes surinamensis in Esquerquis Bank (northern Tunisia) in February 2017. In Tunisia, it is the first record of the Herculian species in northern deep waters (around 200 meters) after the latest observation of L. surinamensis in 2015 from the coastal water. These reports of the Herculean species, chronologically closer together, lead us to believe that the species was established in the Tunisian waters.
Keywords: Non-indigenous species, Lobotes surinamensis, central Mediterranean, Tunisia