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Occurrence of Pterois miles in the Island of Kefalonia (Greece): the Northernmost Dispersal Record in the Mediterranean Sea

  • Christopher Vavasis
  • Gabriel Simotas
  • Efthimios Spinos
  • Evangelos Konstantinidis
  • Stella Minoudi
  • Alexandros Triantafyllidis
  • Costas PerdikarisEmail author
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Abstract

Pterois miles (Bennett, 1828) is one of the worst aquatic invaders in history and its rapid dispersal in the Mediterranean Sea raise serious concerns for local biomes. On April 2019, one adult specimen was caught by gillnets close to the shoreline of the island of Kefalonia, Greece. This occurrence, confirmed by DNA barcoding, represents the northernmost record of the species in the Mediterranean Sea, up today, suggesting that the Ionian Sea corridor facilitates fast dispersal of ecological versatile species such as P. miles to higher latitudes.

Keywords

Devil firefish Pterois miles Northward dispersal Kefalonia island Mediterranean Sea 

Notes

Acknowledgements

We thank the fisherman Dionysis Stefanatos for provision of the specimen.

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Conflict of Interest

On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of FisheriesRegional Unit of Kefalonia, Region of Ionian IslandsArgostoliGreece
  2. 2.Department of FisheriesRegional Unit of Thesprotia, Region of EpirusIgoumenitsaGreece
  3. 3.Department of Genetics, Development and Molecular Biology, School of BiologyAristotle University of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece

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