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Westward range expansion of the lessepsian spotted halfbeak Hemiramphus far (Hemiramphidae) in the Mediterranean Sea

  • M. Hichem Kara (a1), Faouzi Rouag (a1) and Lydia Laouira (a1)

The spotted halfbeak Hemiramphus far (Osteichthes: Hemiramphidae) is recorded from Collo Bay (eastern Algeria), representing the second report of this species in the western basin of the Mediterranean Sea. The two specimens measured 25.9 and 29 cm total length and were captured by fishermen in December 2010. Morphometric characteristics are described. This species is the second lessepsian migrant fish reported from Algeria and the third one to be found in the western basin of the Mediterranean. The spread of the species through the Sicilian Channel is discussed.

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Correspondence should be addressed to: M.H. Kara, Marine Bioresources Laboratory, Annaba University, BP 230 Oued Kouba, Annaba 23003, Algérie email:
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