New Record of Neobythites steatiticus Alcock, 1894 (Actinopterygii: Ophidiidae) from the Marine Waters of Iraq  

Laith A. Jawad1 , Mustafa A. Al-Mukhtar2 , Abbas J. Al-Faisal2 , Tariq Hammed2
1. Manukau, Auckland, New Zealand
2. Marine Science Centre, University of Basrah, Basrah, Iraq
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International Journal of Marine Science, 2014, Vol. 4, No. 32   doi: 10.5376/ijms.2014.04.0032
Received: 19 Feb., 2014    Accepted: 13 May, 2014    Published: 29 Jul., 2014
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The first record of Neobythites steatiticus in the Iraqi waters of the Arabian Gulf is reported based on a single specimen 370 mm in total length, obtained from south of Faw City Peninsula, Basrah, Iraq, Arabian Gulf. This account represents the northernmost range extension of this species in the north of the Indian Ocean region. The specimen is larger than the type specimen of the species and larger than other specimen obtained from other locations and it is considered a record size for this species.

New record; Range extension; Ophidiidae; Basrah; Arabian Gulf
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