New records and range expansion of alien fish and macroalgae in Greek waters (south-east Ionian Sea)

G. Bardamaskos, K. Tsiamis, P. Panayotidis, P. Megalofonou
2009 Marine Biodiversity Records  
Three lessepsian fish immigrants-Siganus luridus, Siganus rivulatus and Fistularia commersonii-as well as two alien macroalgae-Stypopodium schimperi and Asparagopsis taxiformis-are reported for the first time from the Messiniakos Gulf (south-east Ionian Sea, Greece). Findings of S. schimperi and A. taxiformis correspond to their westernmost records from Greek waters. Direct field observations showed that S. luridus has established a permanent population, the first to be mentioned in the Ionian
more » ... ea taken as a whole. The results increase the total number of marine aliens of the studied area to 14 species, enhancing the assumption that the south-east Ionian Sea is a hot spot on the way of lessepsian species spreading to the west. alien fish and macroalgae from the south-east ionian sea
doi:10.1017/s1755267209001055 fatcat:cymjv3c5qvetfkqxyyule6zsme