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Extension of the Striped Eel Catfish Plotosus lineatus (Thunberg, 1787) from the eastern Mediterranean Coast to the Mersin Bay on the western Mediterranean Coast of Turkey

Cemal Turan*, Deniz Ayas, Servet Ahmet Doğdu, Ayşegül Ergenler

Abstract

A group of schools of striped eel catfish Plotosus lineatus (Thunberg, 1787) was photographed during scuba diving at depths of 10 m and 17 m on 11 July 2022 and on 24 September 2022 from Kızkalesi and Boğsak regions in the Mersin Bay of the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. With the present study, P. lineatus is extending its distribution to the western Mediterranean coastal waters after its first occurrence in 2016 in the İskenderun Bay of Turkish Marine waters.

Keywords

Alien species, Striped eel cat fish, Plotosus lineatus, westward extention, Mersin Bay

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