Invasive Species Compendium

Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide

Abstract

Records of new and rare alien fish in north African waters: the burrowing goby Trypauchen vagina (Bloch and Schneider, 1801) and the bartail flathead Platycephalus indicus (Linnaeus, 1758) in Egypt and the cobia Rachycentron canadum (Linnaeus, 1766) in Libya.

Abstract

The first records of Trypauchen vagina (Bloch and Schneider, 1801) from Mediterranean Egyptian waters and of Rachycentron canadum (Linnaeus, 1766) from Libyan waters are hereby described, providing new information on the expansion of these two Lessepsian fishes along the southern Mediterranean coasts lying to the west of the Suez Canal. The finding of another Lessepsian fish, Platycephalus indicus (Linnaeus, 1758) from a region further west of its previouslyknown introduced distribution within Egyptian Mediterranean waters, is also reported, indicating an ongoing successful establishment of this species, previously considered uncommon within the same waters.