734 Works

Marine Research on the Kerguelen Plateau: from early scientific expeditions to current surveys under the CCAMLR objectives

Jean-Claude Hureau
Since the discovery of Kerguelen Islands by Yves-Joseph de Kerguelen-Tremarec in 1772 and of Heard Island by Peter Kemp in 1833, a considerable number and a great variety of ships (e.g., sealers, whalers, fishing ships, oceanographic ships, navy ships and sailing boats) visited the Kerguelen Plateau, around Kerguelen Islands and the Heard and McDonald Islands. From 1772 to 1835 (the date of the last sealing voyage from Britain), not less than 78 ships came to...

Reproductive biology of Okinawan amphidromous gobies

Nozomi Yamasaki, Masashi Kondo, Ken Maeda & Katsunori Tachihara
Reproductive biology and early development of three amphidromous gobies (Sicyopterus japonicus, Awaous melanocephalus, and Stenogobius sp.) were investigated in streams on Okinawa Island in southern Japan. Gonad examination, observation of spawning habits, and seasonal occurrence of newly hatched drifting larvae suggested the following: S. japonicus and Stenogobius sp. mature at approximately 40 mm and 35 mm in standard length (SL), respectively; A. melanocephalus matures at approximately 40 mm SL, but the smallest parent observed at...

Morphological traits allow distinguishing their hybrids from the Northern pike, Esox lucius, and the Aquitanian pike, Esox aquitanicus (Actinopterygii, Esociformes)

Clara Jeanroy & Gaël P.J. Denys
The Aquitanian pike Esox aquitanicus is an endemic species of the South-West of France. It is threatened by the hybridization with the Northern pike Esox lucius. So far, hybrid determination was established with molecular tools only. The purpose of this study is to find morphological traits in order to differentiate hybrids from the two parental species; we looked at the three criteria distinguishing E. aquitanicus from E. lucius: skin colour pattern, lateral scale numbers and...

Species richness of urban and rural fish assemblages in the Grijalva Basin floodplain, southern Gulf of Mexico

Alberto J. Sánchez, Nicolás Álvarez-Pliego, Héctor Espinosa-Pérez, Rosa Florido, Alberto Macossay-Cortez, Everardo Barba, Miguel Ángel Salcedo & Arturo Garrido-Mora
Urban sprawl poses a major threat to aquatic biodiversity. The species richness in fish assemblages of fifteen ecosystems with different degrees of hydraulic connectivity in the floodplain of the Grijalva River watershed has been analysed and described along five years. After human interventions, four lagoons are permanently disconnected and three are temporarily connected. The other three lagoons stay permanently interconnected. Native cichlids and poeciliids dominated in number of species, representing 24 of the 55 listed...

New northernmost distributional limit of Chromogobius britoi (Gobiidae) in the eastern Atlantic

Rafael Bañón & Luís Alberto Martínez
The first occurrence of Chromogobius britoi in Galician waters is reported on the basis of underwater surveys and scuba diver photographs. These records represent a range extension of the species distribution and the northernmost confirmed record ever reported in the Atlantic Ocean. Although it is considered a rare species, it is probably more regularly distributed in the Northeastern Atlantic Ocean, where suitable habitats are available.

Geographic distribution of gobies (Gobiidae) in the Adriatic Sea with thirteen new records for its southern part

Marcelo Kovačić, Radek Šanda, Marin Kirinčić & Davor Zanella
Prior to the present study, the gobiid biodiversity of the Adriatic Sea varied significantly between the northern (98% of the known Adriatic gobiid biodiversity) and central (89%) as compared to the southern Adriatic Sea (39%). Thirteen species are newly recorded for the southern Adriatic area and one for the central Adriatic. The relatively small collecting effort in this survey produced a large increase in the known gobiid biodiversity, which suggests that the low number of...

Development of early life stages of the blenny Hypleurochilus fissicornis (Blenniidae)

Sergio M. Delpiani, Daniel O. Bruno, Juan M. Díaz de Astarloa & Fabián Acuña
The early developmental stages of Hypleurochilus fissicornis (Quoy {&} Gaimard, 1824) from egg to 120 hours after hatching are described for the first time, from three nests found in the rocky intertidal of Mar de Cobo, Argentina. Eggs are spherical, with an adhesive pad and purple pigment. Larvae have yellowish pigment on the head (snout, preocular, postocular) and pectoral fins. Melanophores cover the peritoneum and 28 occur in a row on the ventral edge of...

Diet of striped sea bream Lithognathus mormyrus (Sparidae) from eastern central Adriatic Sea

Mate Šantić, Antonella Paladin & Gordana Elez
The diet of striped sea bream, Lithognathus mormyrus (Linnaeus, 1758), from the central Adriatic Sea, was investigated with respect to fish size and seasons. Stomach contents of 524 specimens, total length (TL) from 12.8 to 31.7 cm, collected by trammel bottom nets and gill nets from January to December 2008, were analysed. The overall percentage of empty stomachs (17.7%) evidenced variation with seasons, maximum during winter (30.0%) and minimum during summer (8.3%). The prey belong...

First record of Enneapterygius pusillus (Tripterygiidae) in the Oman Sea (Gulf of Oman)

Laith A. Jawad, Patrick Louisy & Juma M. Al-Mamary
Enneapterygius pusillus Rüppell, 1835 was first described from the Red Sea (Eritrea). In the Sultanate of Oman, it was known only from southern shores (Arabian Sea), and from the Arabian Gulf. The present paper reports the first record of this small tripterygiid in Oman Sea (Gulf of Oman), with a specimen photographed in Al-Fahal Island, close to Muscat, Oman. This is the second triplefin species to be recorded in Oman Sea, after Helcogramma steinitzi Clark,...

SIMPA – A tool for fisheries management and ecosystem modeling

Patrice Pruvost, Alexis Martin, Gaël P.J. Denys & Romain Causse
Biodiversity studies produce a large amount of data. Few are well-documented, compiled, readily available and easily accessible. The development of a specific database for the Kerguelen Plateau is an important step to provide data and analyses for supporting research and fisheries management. SIMPA is a database which covers all data from MNHN scientific expeditions, collections and fisheries from the French Sub-Antarctic Territories. The use of reference tables and standardized computer language procedure open the data...

Demographic responses of white-chinned petrels Procellaria aequinoctialis and grey petrels P. cinerea to climate and longline fishery bycatch [Extended abstract]

Christophe Barbraud, Cédric Marteau, Karine Delord & Henri Weimerskirch

The management of the natural marine reserve of the Terres australes françaises (French Southern Lands)

Axel Falguier & Cédric Marteau
The national marine and terrestrial nature reserve of the Terres australes françaises was created in October 2006. It covers 23 000 km² of land and sea and is the largest nature reserve in France. It encompasses 11 693 km² of the territorial sea (12 nm from the coast) of Crozet and Kerguelen archipelagos, as well as the entire extent of the territorial seas of Amsterdam and Saint-Paul islands. A management plan has been drafted for...

Foreword – 1st international scientific symposium on the Kerguelen Plateau

Guy Duhamel, Dirk C. Welsford & Andrew J. Constable

Mastiglanis durantoni from French Guyana, a second species in the genus (Siluriformes: Heptapteridae), with a CT scan survey of phylogenetically-relevant characters

Mário De Pinna & Philippe Keith
A new species of the heptapterid genus Mastiglanis, M. durantoni, is described from three adjacent localities in the upper reaches of the Maroni River in French Guyana. The new species is distinguished from the only other known species in the genus, M. asopos, by several qualitative and quantitative characteristics, such as the slender caudal peduncle (caudal peduncle depth 4.3-5.3% of SL vs. 5.6-6.3%); the upper jaw protruding markedly beyond lower, resulting in long snout (36.5-42.0% of HL...

A new species of Sicyopus (Teleostei: Gobiidae) from New Britain (Papua New Guinea)

Philippe Keith, Pita Amick, Pagi S. Toko & Clara Lord
A new species of Sicyopus, a sicydiine goby, is described from specimens collected in streams of New Britain (Papua New Guinea). It differs from other species of this amphidromous genus by a combination of characters including a second dorsal fin with one spine and ten segmented rays, fewer scales in lateral series and transverse back series, and smaller predorsal and caudal peduncle lengths.

Morphological characterization of striped seabream (Lithognathus mormyrus, Sparidae) in some Mediterranean lagoons

Ibtissem Hammami, Lilia Bahri-Sfar, Myriam Kaouèche, Gael Grenouillet, Sovan Lek, M. Hichem Kara & Oum Kalthoum Ben Hassine
Morphological variation of Lithognathus mormyrus (Linnaeus, 1758) samples harvested in six Mediterranean lagoons was investigated using 23 truss elements and 11 conventional linear measurements. Multivariate analyses revealed a highly significant morphological discrimination between western Mediterranean basin samples (lagoons of Bizerta, Ghar El Melh and Mellah) that differ from each other but are also differentiated from the oriental lagoon samples (lagoons of El Biban, Farwa and Venice) by some variables, which are related to the head...

First record of the mudskipper Periophthalmus walailakae (Gobiidae) from southeast India

Gopalan Mahadevan, Perumal Murugesan & Gianluca Polgar
The mudskipper Periophthalmus walailakae (Gobiidae) is here first recorded from the Vellar estuary, southeast India. A total of 5 specimens were collected from three stations in April-December 2017. Their total length (TL) ranged from 40 mm to 159 mm and their body weight ranged from 8.3 g to 29.8 g. Diagnostic morphometric and meristic characteristics were measured and compared with museum specimens donated by the Natural History of Museum, Singapore (LKCNHM, ZRC). Despite their abundance...

First report of the yellowfin surgeonfish Acanthurus xanthopterus (Teleostei: Acanthuridae) in northern Peru

Sarita Campos-León, Andrey Moreno-Méndez, Philippe Béarez & Amado Solano-Sare
The yellowfin surgeonfish Acanthurus xanthopterus is distributed throughout the tropical Indo-Pacific Ocean and the eastern Pacific, from the coasts of Africa to the coasts of the Americas. In the eastern Pacific, it extends from the Gulf of California to Ecuador. Two specimens of yellowfin surgeonfish, caught in northern Peru in February 2019, are reported: the first from Puerto Morin (08°24’02”S; 78°54 03”W), and the second one from Puerto Salaverry (Punta Gorda) (08°17’00”S; 78°57’48”W). Although the...

Book review – Fish ecology, evolution and exploitation. A new theoretical synthesis by Ken H. Andersen

Pierre Cresson

Range extension of Gerres infasciatus (Perciformes: Gerreidae) from the Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf, with distributional implications for the G. filamentosus complex

Yukio Iwatsuki, Sergey V. Bogorodsky, Fumiya Tanaka, Ahmad O. Mal & Atheer H. Ali
Gerres infasciatus Iwatsuki & Kimura, 1998 is recorded from the southern Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf for the first time. Species included in the G. filamentosus complex (G. filamentosus, G. infasciatus and G. macracanthus) from the same general region were re-examined with emphasis on their distribution. Analysis of the phylogenetic relationships of the complex indicated that specimens from the Middle East, including the Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf, long identified as G. filamentosus,...

First record and new depth range extension of the curled Picarel, Centracanthus cirrus (Sparidae) from the Sea of Marmara, Turkey

M. Levent Artüz & Nerdin Kubanç
The presence of the Centracanthus cirrus Rafinesque, 1810 in the West part of the Sea of Marmara, on 1000 m depth, was reported on the base of the capture of one female of 116 mm standard length. The fish was caught using a beam-trawl deployed on the coast of Uçmakdere (Sea of Marmara). This is the first reliable record in the Sea of Marmara and new depth extension for this species.

Observations on two live specimens of Trachipterus arcticus (Lampriformes: Trachipteridae) from the Azores

Timo Moritz, Dewicynthia Stümer, Kirsten Jakobsen & Joachim Jakobsen
During a 950 m depth submarine-dive South of Pico Island (Azores) an adult Trachipterus arcticus (Brünnich, 1788) was observed for about 50 seconds. Additionally, a small specimen of the same species with some larval characters was observed near to the surface in the harbour of Horta (Faial Island, Azores). This specimen was caught and observed for 45 minutes in an aquarium. We are reporting here the respective observations on live colouration, external characters, swimming and...

Using otolith shape analysis to distinguish barracudas Sphyraena sphyraena and Sphyraena viridensis from the Algerian coast Sphyraena sphyraena and Sphyraena viridensis

Nadjette Bourehail, Fabien Morat, Raymonde Lecomte-Finiger & M. Hichem Kara
Otolith shape analyses were conducted on two species of barracudas (Sphyraena sphyraena and Sphyraena viridensis) from the Gulf of Annaba (south-western Mediterranean). The otolith shape was described by elliptic Fourier descriptors from 14 harmonics and by five indices of shape (coefficient of form, roundness, circularity, rectangularity and ellipticity). The comparison through canonical discriminant analyses (CDA) was performed between species and between right and left otoliths. The CDA demonstrated strong discrimination of the two species, with...

Revision of vernacular names for the freshwater fish of French Guiana

Pierre Grenand, Jean Chapuis, André Cognat, Antonia Christinoi, Damien Davy, Françoise Grenand, Michel Jégu, Philippe Keith, Emmanuel Martin, François Nemo, Hélène Pagezy & Pierre-Yves Le Bail
The fish fauna of French Guiana is one of the best described in the geographical area covering the Guiana Shield. Paradoxically, however, there is no summary document validated by ethnologists and specialized linguists that links the scientific names of the fish of this area to their vernacular names from the different language groups. In this paper, we compile the presently existing data on species and vernacular names collected over several decades in Creole, Amerindian (Kali’na,...

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