Skip to main content Accessibility help

A new record of Cephalopholis taeniops in the Mediterranean Sea, with considerations on the Sicily channel as a biogeographical crossroad of exotic fish

  • P. Guidetti (a1), F. Giardina (a2) and E. Azzurro (a3)


The record of several individuals of the African hind Cephalopholis taeniops from Lampedusa Island (Italy) is here reported, with discussion on the biogeographical importance of the Sicily channel as a crossroad for exotic fish of Atlantic and Indo-pacific origin.


Corresponding author

Correspondence should be addressed to: P. Guidetti, Laboratory of Zoology and Marine Biology, DiSTeBA, CoNISMa, University of Salento, 73100 Lecce, Italy email:


Hide All
Astraldi, M., Bianchi, C.N., Gasparini, G.P. and Morri, C. (1995) Climatic fluctuations, current variability and marine species distribution: a case study in the Ligurian Sea (north-west Mediterranean). Oceanologica Acta 18, 139149.
Andaloro, F. and Azzurro, E. (2004) The Sicily Channel, a crossroad between Atlantic and Indo-Pacific worlds. In 13th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species. 20–24 September, 2004. Ennis, County Clare Ireland. Abstract Book, p. 192.
Azzurro, E. (2008) The advance of thermophilic fishes in the Mediterranean sea: overview and methodological questions. In Briand, F. (ed.) Climate warming and related changes in Mediterranean marine biota. Monaco: CIESM Workshop Monographs No. 35, pp. 3946.
Azzurro, E. (in press). Unusual occurrences of fish in the Mediterranean Sea: an insight on early detection. In Golani, D and Golani, B (eds) Fish invasions of the Mediterranean Sea. Jerusalem, Israel.
Azzurro, E., Andaloro, F. and Marino, G. (2000) Presenza della cernia di haïfa, Epinephelus haifensis (Serranidae, Epinephelinae), nel Mediterraneo Centrale. Biologia Marina Mediterranea 7, 786789.
Ben Abdallah, A., Ben Soussi, J., Méjri, H., Canapé, C. and Golani, D. (2007) First record of Cephalopholis taeniops (Valenciennes) in the Mediterranean Sea. Journal of Fish Biology 71, 610614.
Ben-Tuvia, A. and Lourie, A. (1969) A Red Sea grouper Epinephelus tauvina caught on the Mediterranean coast of Israel. Israel Journal of Zoology 18, 245247.
Bianchi, C.N. and Morri, C. (1994) Southern species in the Ligurian Sea (northern Mediterranean): new records and a review. Bollettino degli Istituti e Musei Biologici dell'Università di Genova 58–59, 181197.
Bianchi, C.N. (2007) Biodiversity issues for the forthcoming tropical Mediterranean Sea. Hydrobiologia 580, 721.
Bradai, M.N., Quignard, J.P., Bouain, A., Jarboui, O., Ouannes-Ghorbel, A., Ben Abdallah, L., Zouali, J. and Ben Salem, S. (2004) Ichtyofaune autochtone et exotique des côtes tunisiennes: recensement et biogéographie. Cybium 28, 315328.
Di Franco, A., Bussotti, S., Navone, A., Panzalis, P. and Guidetti, P. (2009) Evaluating effects of total and partial restrictions to fishing on Mediterranean rocky-reef fish assemblages. Marine Ecology Progress Series 387, 275285.
Golani, D., Orsi-Relini, L., Massuti, E. and Quignard, J.P. (2002) CIESM atlas of exotic species in the Mediterranean. Volume 1 Fishes. Briand, F. (ed.). Monaco: CIESM Publications.
Guidetti, P., Bianchi, C.N., La Mesa, G., Modena, M., Morri, C., Sara, G. and Vacchi, M. (2002) Abundance and size structure of Thalassoma pavo (Pisces: Labridae) in the western Mediterranean Sea: variability at different spatial scales. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 82, 495500.
Heemstra, P.C. and Golani, D. (1993) Clarification of the Indo-Pacific groupers (Pisces: Serranidae) in the Mediterranean Sea. Israel Journal of Zoology 39, 381390.
Heemstra, P.C. and Randall, J.E. (1993) FAO species catalogue, Volume 16. Groupers of the world (family Serranidae, subfamily Epinephelinae). FAO Fisheries Synopsis 125.
Mazzoldi, C. and De Girolamo, M. (1997) Littoral fish community of the Island Lampedusa (Italy): a visual census approach. Italian Journal of Zoology 65 (Supplement), 275280.
Perry, A.L., Low, P.J., Ellis, J.R. and Reynolds, J.D. (2005) Climate change and distribution shifts in marine fishes. Science 308, 19121915.
Quignard, J.P. and Tomasini, J.A. (2000) Mediterranean fish biodiversity. Biologia Marina Mediterranea 3, 166.
Rocha, L., Ferreira, B., Choat, J.H., Craig, M.T., Sadovy, Y. and Bertoncini, A.A. (2008) Cephalopholis taeniops. In IUCN 2009. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2009.1. <>. Accessed 21 July 2009.
Sadovy de Mitcheson, Y., Cornish, A., Domeier, M., Colin, P.L., Russel, M. and Lindeman, K.C. (2009) A global baseline for spawning aggregations of reef fishes. Conservation Biology 5, 12331244.
Séret, B. (1981). Initiations–documentations techniques 49: poissons de mer de l'ouest Africain Tropical. Paris: ORSTOM, 416 pp.
Tortonese, E. (1986) Serranidae. In Whitehead, P.J.P., Bauchot, M.L., Hureau, J.C., Nielsen, J. and Tortonese, E. (eds) Fishes of the north-eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean. Volume II. Paris: UNESCO, pp. 780796.
Vella, P. and Deidun, A. (2009) First record of Selene dorsalis (Osteichthyes: Carangidae) in the Mediterranean Sea, from coastal waters off the Maltese Islands. JMBA2 Marine Biodiversity Records, 13.


A new record of Cephalopholis taeniops in the Mediterranean Sea, with considerations on the Sicily channel as a biogeographical crossroad of exotic fish

  • P. Guidetti (a1), F. Giardina (a2) and E. Azzurro (a3)


Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 0
Total number of PDF views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between <date>. This data will be updated every 24 hours.

Usage data cannot currently be displayed