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Two new records of seabreams (Pisces: Sparidae) from the Madeira Archipelago
Alves, F.M.A.; Alves, C.M.A. (2002). Two new records of seabreams (Pisces: Sparidae) from the Madeira Archipelago. Arquipélago (Ciénc. Biol. Mar./Life Mar. Sci.) 19A: 107-111
In: Arquipélago. Ciências Biológicas e Marinhas = Arquipelago. Life and Marine Sciences. University of the Azores: Ponta Delgada. ISSN 0873-4704, more
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    New records; Lithognathus mormyrus (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]; Pisces [WoRMS]; Sparidae Rafinesque, 1818 [WoRMS]; Sparus aurata Linnaeus, 1758 [WoRMS]; ASE, Madeira [Marine Regions]; Marine

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  • Alves, F.M.A.
  • Alves, C.M.A.

    Two Sparidae species, the gilthead seabream Sparus aurata and the striped seabream Lithognathus mormyrus, were recorded during an underwater visual census at Madeira Island between March and October 2000. Several individuals were subsequently caught to confirm the identification. This is the first record of Sparus aurata for Madeira. Escape from a recent open sea aquaculture unit in the area is the most likely explanation for its occurrence. Although current literature and fish databases refer to L. mormyrus as being absent in this Archipelago, it had been previously recorded in fishing-grounds of Madeira in the sixties, and this study confirms its occurrence in Madeiran waters.

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