2018, Vol. 6 Issue 3, Part B
Coryphaena hippurus: A potential predator of Lagocephalus sceleratus in the Mediterranean Sea
Author(s): Periklis Kleitou, Stefanos Kalogirou, Dimitra Marmara and Ioannis Giovos
Abstract: Lagocephalus sceleratus is considered as one of the most invasive Lessepsian immigrants introduced in the Mediterranean Sea. It is a highly toxic fish, considered as a pest for fisheries, the environment and the economy. Hitherto, its invasion has been favoured by the lack of natural predators and its non-commercial value. The present study reports the first published incidence of a juvenile L. sceleratus predation in the Mediterranean by an adult Coryphaena hippurus. This constitute a significant finding which can potentially guide future management efforts of L. sceleratus control in the basin; however, further research should be conducted to elucidate whether the catch was accidental or if the sustainable management of C. hippurus populations can potentially affect the early life stages of L. sceleratus.
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