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First Record of Pomacanthus imperator (Bloch, 1787) from Turkish Marine Waters

Mevlut Gurlek*, Deniz Erguden, Burcu Atay, Cemal Turan

Abstract

A single specimen of Pomacanthus imperator (312 mm in total length and 1020 g in weight) was caught by a spear at a depth of 10 m on 28 April 2019 from Iskenderun Bay (Konacık, Arsuz coast), Turkey. All measurements, counts, morphological description and colors of P. imperator specimen caught agree with the previous descriptions for this species. In this paper, the occurence of P. imperator is reported for the first time from Iskenderun Bay in Turkish Marine waters. This species is probably a Red Sea immigrant entered into the Mediterranean Sea through Suez Canal.

Keywords

Emperor Angelfish, Pomacanthus imperator, Eastern Mediterranean, Lessepsian migration

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