First record of Antennarius indicus (Pisces: Antennaridae), Equulites elongates (Actinopterygiidae: Leiognathidae) and Cheilinus lunulatus (Actinopterygiidae: Labridae) from the Marine Waters of Iraq  

Laith A. Jawad1 , Sadek Hussain2
1.Manukau, Auckland, New Zealand
2.Department of Fisheries and marine Resources, College of Agriculture, University of Basrah, Basrah, Iraq
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International Journal of Marine Science, 2014, Vol. 4, No. 40   doi: 10.5376/ijms.2014.04.0040
Received: 13 Jun., 2014    Accepted: 15 Jul., 2014    Published: 28 Jul., 2014
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First records of three fish species from the Iraqi marine waters are reported: Indian frogfish Antennarius indicus, slender ponyfish Equulites elongatus and broomtail wrasse Cheilinus lunulatus. This record includes the northernmost record of A. indicus and E. elongatus and confirmation for the presence of C. lunulatus in the Arabian Gulf waters. This work also includes new size record for A. indicus and E. elongatus

Range extension; Arabian Gulf; Iraq; Invasion; Antennaridae; Leiognathidae; Labridae
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