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Occurrence of a filefish closely related to Stephanolepis diaspros (Osteichthyes: Monacanthidae) off northern Tunisian coast(south-western Mediterranean Sea)
Ben Amor, M.; Capapé, C. (2008). Occurrence of a filefish closely related to Stephanolepis diaspros (Osteichthyes: Monacanthidae) off northern Tunisian coast(south-western Mediterranean Sea). Cah. Biol. Mar. 49(4): 323-328
In: Cahiers de Biologie Marine. Station Biologique de Roscoff: Paris. ISSN 0007-9723, more
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Keywords
    Diet; Mediterranean Sea; Monacanthidae; Morphology; Tunisia; Osteichthyes [WoRMS]; Stephanolepis diaspros Fraser-Brunner, 1940 [WoRMS]; Marine

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  • Ben Amor, M.
  • Capapé, C.

Abstract
    In this paper, the authors present morphological aspects , main morphometric characteristics and meristic counts of 3 adult specimens, 1 female and 2 males closely re1ated to those of the reticul ated leathe1jack Stephanolepis diaspros Fraser-Brünner, 1940; however the colour patterns were rather close of those of the relative species S. hispidus (Linnaeus , 1766). These specimens were captured off Tabarka (northern Tunisia) and constituted, to date, the northernmost record of S. diaspros in the region and the westernmost in the Mediterranean Sea. Additionally, examination of stomach contents revealed that the three specimens exclusively ingested polychaetes, the main species recorded being the worm Platynereis dumerilii.

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