Invasive Species Compendium

Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide

Abstract

First record of the Acanthurid fish Zebrasoma xanthurum (Blyth, 1852) in the Mediterranean Sea, with some considerations on the risk associated with the aquarium trade.

Abstract

The occurrence of a single individual of yellowtail tang Zebrasoma xanthurum (Acanthuridae) from Sardinia island (Italy), probably released from a aquarium, is reported. This observation represents the first record of this species in the Mediterranean Sea. General information on the Acanthurid fishes and other non-native species in the Mediterranean is discussed in the light of the ongoing ecological change taking place on rocky reef ecosystems with consideration of implications on the aquarium trade.