First record of the diamondback puffer, Lagocephalus guentheri Miranda Ribeiro, 1915, from Libyan waters

First record of the diamondback puffer, Lagocephalus guentheri Miranda Ribeiro, 1915, from Libyan waters

Sara A.A. Al Mabruk, Abdallah M. A. Belhassan, Jamila Rizgalla, Ioannis Giovos

Zoology Department, Faculty of Science, Omar Al-Mukhtar University, Bayda, LIBYA
Marine Sciences Department, Faculty of Science, Omar Al-Mukhtar University, Bayda, LIBYA
Department of Aquaculture, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Tripoli, Tripoli, LIBYA
iSea, Environmental Organization for the Preservation of the Aquatic Ecosystems, Thessaloniki, GREECE

ORCID IDs: S.A.A.A.M. 0000-0003-0754-4951; A.M.A.B. 0000-0003-0656-4088; J.R. 0000-0002-5699-5321; I.G. 0000-0001-5733-0092


Two specimens of the diamondback puffer, Lagocephalus guentheri, were caught at the “Ras Alteen” coast East of Libya. This is the first record of the species from the Libyan waters, increasing the number of Lessepsian migrants that belong to the Tetraodontidae family within the Libya up to four species.

Keywords: Diamondback, Lagocephalus guentheri, Lessepsian migrants, Libyan water, Mediterranean

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