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New marine records in the ESENIAS region (March 2016)


New marine records in the ESENIAS region (March 2016)


A Collective Article on “New Mediterranean Biodiversity Records (March 2016)” has been just published in the Mediterranean Marine Science journal. The authors coordinated by Dr. Paraskevi Karachle and Dr. Argyro Zenetos from the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Greece, present additional records of species found in the Mediterranean Sea. The findings include the following alien and cryptogenic species from the ESENIAS countries:


Italy: Charybdis (Charybdis) feriata, Seriola fasciata, and Siganus rivulatus; the presence of Taractes rubescens (Jordan & Evermann, 1887) is recorded for the first time in the Mediterranean from Italy;


Croatia: Lagocephalus sceleratus and Pomadasys incisus;


Montenegro: Lagocephalus sceleratus;


Greece: Amathia (Zoobotryon) verticillata, Atys macandrewii, Cerithium scabridum, Chama pacifica, Dendostrea cf. folium, Ergalatax junionae, Septifer cumingii, Syphonota geographica, Syrnola fasciata, Oxyu­richthys petersi, Scarus ghobban, and Upeneus pori;


This article illustrates the great contribution of citizen scientists to monitoring biodiversity records, including alien species records, as 10% of the authors are citizen scientists, and contributed to 37.5% of the new findings.


For more information:

Karachle P. K., A. Angelidis, G. Apostolopoulos, D. Ayas, M. Ballesteros, C. Bonnici, M. M. Brodersen, L. Castriota, N. Chalari, J. M. Cottalorda, F. Crocetta, A. Deidun, Ž. Đođo, A. Dogrammatzi, J. Dulčić, F. Fiorentino, O. Gönülal, J. G. Harmelin, G. Insacco, D. Izquierdo-Gómez, A. Izquierdo-Muñoz, A. Joksimović, S. Kavadas, M. A. E. Malaquias, E. Madrenas, D. Massi, P. Micarelli, D. Minchin, U. Önal, P. Ovalis, D. Poursanidis, A. Siapatis, E. Sperone, A. Spinelli, C. Stamouli, F. Tiralongo, S. Tunçer, D. Yaglioglu, B. Zava,A. Zenetos. New Mediterranean Biodiversity Records (March 2016). Mediterranean Marine Science, 17 (1): 230-252. >>>


Contact persons:

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Charybdis (Charybdis) feriata from Livorno (From sub-chapter 3.1; Author: F. Tiralongo)



Syphonota geographicafrom Drepano Achias (left) and Kolymbari (right) (From sub-chapter 7.2; Authors: D. Poursanidis & F. Crocetta)



Septifer cumingii (Récluz, 1849). 1: Chalki isl, specimen’s greenish colour possibly obtained by living in Posidonia oceanic bed in shallow water. 2-3: Kastellorizo isl, specimen living on coralligenous bed in a depth of 55 m may explain the prevailing reddish colour (From sub-chapter 7.4; Author: A. Angelidis)




Scarus ghobban caught in the Greece coastal waters in the port of Kastellorizo. Left: specimen photographed after capture (September 2014); Right: specimen in captivity (February 2016) (From sub-chapter 7.6; Authors: G. Apostolopoulos & P. K. Karachle)