Additional Records of Tripletail Lobotes surinamensis (Bloch, 1790), from the Eastern Mediterranean

Abstract

In the Mediterranean Sea, Lobotes surinamensis (Bloch, 1790) is considered as a rare species, albeit an increasing number of individual-based sightings published in the literature. In this study, we present 32 additional records of this thermophilic species from the Greek and Cypriot waters; reinforcing the evidence that the species is becoming more common to the region. All of the records were collected as part of the citizen science project “Is it Alien to you? Share it!!!” by a participatory process involving fishers and taxonomic experts. This work highlights the important role of citizen science as a tool for public engagement and for monitoring species distribution in a changing environment, like the Mediterranean basin.

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We would like to express our gratitude to the recreational fishers George Aristidou, George Boukis, Elias Karach, Yiannis Karavas, Elias Koutsoukanidis, Christos Tsoupas and Stelios Zafeirelis for sharing their data and pictures from Greece; Dimitris Georgiou, Christoforos Panagi, Andreas Stavrou and Paris Tkdf for Cyprus specimens. We are also grateful to researcher Aris Christidis as well as photographers Giorgos Poulios (Greece) and Matt Smith (Cyprus) for sharing photographic evidence and pieces of information.

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Minasidis, V., Doumpas, N., Kleitou, P. et al. Additional Records of Tripletail Lobotes surinamensis (Bloch, 1790), from the Eastern Mediterranean. Thalassas 36, 557–563 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s41208-020-00244-6

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Keywords

  • Lobotidae
  • Eastern Mediterranean Sea
  • Citizen science
  • Monitoring
  • Rare species