Champsodontidae (Pisces: Trachinoidei) in the Eastern Mediterranean: how many species are there?

Nir Stern, Gavin Gouws, Daniel Golani, Menachem Goren, Ofer Gon

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Three marine fish species of the Indo-Pacific genus Champsodon were reported as invasive species in the Eastern Mediterranean between 2009 and 2012; Champsodon nudivittis, C. vorax, and C. capensis. These are presumed to invade through the Suez Canal, but only C. nudivittis is known from the Red Sea, so the presence of C. vorax and C. capensis is surprising. To test the validity of the taxonomic identification of these two species, this study combined traditional morphology, genetic barcoding, and photography investigation. Our results demonstrate that only one species, C. nudivittis, has migrated into the Eastern Mediterranean.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2869-2881
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Natural History
Issue number47-48
StatePublished - 25 Dec 2019


  • Champsodon capensis
  • Champsodon nudivittis
  • Champsodon vorax
  • DNA barcoding
  • molecular taxonomy


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