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First record of the rare gobiid fish Gobius couchi in the Ligurian Sea (north-western Mediterranean)

  • Ha Trieu Hung Liu (a1) (a2), Harald Ahnelt (a1), Giovanni A.C. Balma (a3) and Giovanni B. Delmastro (a3)

The first record of Gobius couchi for the Ligurian Sea and the second record of this rare gobiid fish for the western Mediterranean are reported.

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Correspondence should be addressed to: H. Ahnelt, University of Vienna, Department of Theoretical Biology, Althanstrasse 14, A-1090, Vienna, Austria email:
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Marine Biodiversity Records
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