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Sphyraena intermedia sp. nov. (Pisces: Sphyraenidae): a potential new species of barracuda identified from the central Mediterranean Sea

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 June 2009

Michele A. Pastore*
Istituto per lo Studio degli Ambienti Marini Costieri (IAMC–CNR) di Taranto, via Roma, 3-74100, Taranto, Italy
Correspondence should be addressed to: M.A. Pastore, Istituto per lo Studio degli Ambienti Marini Costieri, (IAMC–CNR) di Taranto, via Roma, 3-74100, TarantoItaly email:


A potential new species of Barracuda Sphyraena intermedia sp. nov. (Perciformes: Actinopterygii) is reported from the Gulf of Taranto in the central Mediterranean Sea. This classification was based upon a thorough anatomical comparison with well documented species from the region (Sphyraena sphyraena and Sphyraena viridensis). Principally, Sphyraena intermedia sp. nov. differed from the other species within the genus in terms of body shape, otoliths, dentition and pyloric caeca.

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Copyright © Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 2009

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