First record of Pagellus bellottii (Teleostei: Sparidae) in the Bay of Biscay, France

Type Article
Date 2016-12
Language English
Author(s) Iglésias Samuel P.1, Lorance PascalORCID2
Affiliation(s) 1 : Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, UMR BOREA 7208, Station de Biologie Marine de Concarneau, Place de la Croix, 29900 Concarneau, France
2 : IFREMER, rue de l’Ile d’Yeu, BP 21105, 44311 Nantes, cedex 03, France
Source Marine Biodiversity Records (1755-2672) (Springer Science + Business Media), 2016-12 , Vol. 9 , N. 16 , P. 1-4
DOI 10.1186/s41200-016-0007-8
Keyword(s) Red pandora, Porgies, Range extension, Immigrant, Tropicalisation, Northeast Atlantic
Abstract The red pandora, Pagellus bellottii Steindachner, 1882, is a tropical and subtropical demersal Sparidae (Porgies) that lives over hard or sandy bottoms in coastal marine waters. It mostly occurs at depths ranging from 10 to 50 metres. It is distributed in the eastern Atlantic, from the Strait of Gibraltar to Angola and the Canary Islands where it is occasionally recorded (Bauchot and Hureau, 1986; Franqueville, 1983). The species is also recorded in the southwestern Mediterranean, in the Alboran Sea, off the Algerian coasts and in the Gulf of Gabes (Oral, 2010). The records of the species in the eastern Mediterranean, Syrian and Israeli waters (Fricke, et al. 2014, Fig. 1) is questioned. We consider these records are misidentification of Pagrus pagrus (Linnaeus, 1758). Pagellus bellottii was also included in the checklist of the fishes from Portugal as a consequence of records coming from the Algarve region, about 36°59′ N, 8° W, the northernmost records in Atlantic waters (de Castro, 1967; Erzini et al., 1996; Carneiro et al., 2014; Carneiro com. pers.). Some specimens were also recorded in Spanish Mediterranean waters, in the Bay of Almería about 36°47′ N, 2°25′ W (Lucena, et al. 1982), the northernmost records for the Mediterranean waters. Herein, the first record of P. bellottii in the Bay of Biscay is reported.
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