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New records and range expansion of alien fish and macroalgae in Greek waters (south-east Ionian Sea)

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  23 June 2009

G. Bardamaskos*
Affiliation:
Athens University, Biology Department, Section of Zoology–Marine Biology, Panepistimiopolis 15784, Athens, Greece
K. Tsiamis
Affiliation:
Athens University, Biology Department, Section of Ecology and Systematics, Panepistimiopolis 15784, Athens, Greece Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR), Institute of Oceanography, Anavyssos 19013, Attica, Greece
P. Panayotidis
Affiliation:
Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR), Institute of Oceanography, Anavyssos 19013, Attica, Greece
P. Megalofonou
Affiliation:
Athens University, Biology Department, Section of Zoology–Marine Biology, Panepistimiopolis 15784, Athens, Greece
*
Correspondence should be addressed to: G. Bardamaskos, Athens University, Biology Department, Section of Zoology–Marine Biology, Panepistimiopolis 15784, Athens, Greece email: gbardama@biol.uoa.gr
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Abstract

Three lessepsian fish immigrants—Siganus luridus, Siganus rivulatus and Fistularia commersonii—as well as two alien macroalgae—Stypopodium schimperi and Asparagopsis taxiformis—are reported for the first time from the Messiniakos Gulf (south-east Ionian Sea, Greece). Findings of S. schimperi and A. taxiformis correspond to their westernmost records from Greek waters. Direct field observations showed that S. luridus has established a permanent population, the first to be mentioned in the Ionian Sea taken as a whole. The results increase the total number of marine aliens of the studied area to 14 species, enhancing the assumption that the south-east Ionian Sea is a hot spot on the way of lessepsian species spreading to the west.

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