On the presence of Lophotus lacepede Giorna, 1809 in the Greek waters (eastern Mediterranean Sea)

On the presence of Lophotus lacepede Giorna, 1809 in the Greek waters (eastern Mediterranean Sea)

Vasileios Minasidis, Alexandros Kaminas

ORCID IDs: V.M. 0000-0001-8888-7520; A.K. 0000-0002-7928-651X

Department of Animal Production, Fisheries & Aquaculture, University of Patras, Nea Ktiria, 30200, Mesolongi, GREECE
iSea, Environmental Organization for the Preservation of the Aquatic Ecosystems, Kritis 12, 54645, Thessaloniki, GREECE
Department of Marine Sciences, University of the Aegean, University Hill, 81100, Mytilene, GREECE


Crested oarfish Lophotus lacepede Giorna, 1809, is widely distributed in the mesopelagic zone and sometimes are accidentally collected as bycatch in commercial fishing practices. In this study, we add yet another record of this bathypelagic species in the Greek Seas, while the documented occurrence of the species is also reviewed for the entirety of the Mediterranean Sea. Furthermore, the results point to the species being much more common in the area than previously hypothesized.

Keywords: Rare species, Lophotidae, mesopelagic zone, bycatch

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