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New records and range expansion of lessepsian migrants in the Levantine and Aegean Seas

  • Theodoros Tzomos (a1), Niki Chartosia (a1), Magdalini Christodoulou (a1) and Miltiadis-Spyridon Kitsos (a1)


The lessepsian species, Upeneus pori (Pisces), Sepioteuthis lessoniana (Cephalopoda) and Aquilonastra burtoni (Echinodermata) are reported for the first time from Cyprus, while the lessepsian bivalve, Barbatia plicata is reported for the first time from Kastelorizo Island, Greece. Finally, the fish species Pempheris vanicolensis, Sphyraena pinguis and Hemirampus far were collected more northerly than their previous records in the Aegean Sea. The geographical distribution of these species is given. According to the new records, the number of lessepsian fish, mollusc and echinoderm species known from Cyprus increases to 25, 38 and 4 species respectively.


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Correspondence should be addressed to: Th. Tzomos, Department of Zoology, School of Biology, Aristoteleio University of Thessaloniki, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece email:


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New records and range expansion of lessepsian migrants in the Levantine and Aegean Seas

  • Theodoros Tzomos (a1), Niki Chartosia (a1), Magdalini Christodoulou (a1) and Miltiadis-Spyridon Kitsos (a1)


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