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First Records of Albinism and Dorsal Fin Anomaly Cases in Two Fish Species Collected from Jubail Vicinity, Arabian Gulf, Saudi Arabia  

Mustafa Ibrahim1 , Laith A. Jawad2
1 Ministry of Agriculture, Fish Welfare Branch, El-Jubail Province, Saudi Arabia
2 Flat Bush, Manukau, Auckland, New Zealand
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International Journal of Marine Science, 2017, Vol. 7, No. 4   doi: 10.5376/ijms.2017.07.0004
Received: 22 Dec., 2016    Accepted: 03 Feb., 2017    Published: 24 Feb., 2017
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Ibrahim M., and Jawad L.A., 2017, First records of albinism and dorsal fin anomaly cases in two fish species collected from Jubail vicinity, Arabian Gulf, Saudi Arabia, International Journal of Marine Science, 7(4): 31-36 (doi: 10.5376/ijms.2017.07.0004)


Two fish specimens with cases of albinism Epinephelus areolatus (Family: Epinephelidae) and dorsal fin aberration Argyrops spinifer (Family: Sparidae), were obtained during fishery surveys in Jubail City waters, Saudi Arabia, Arabian Gulf. These are the first documented cases of albinism and dorsal fin anomaly ever reported from the Arabian Gulf area. The causative factors of this anomaly were discussed.

Abnormality; Abnormal pigmentation; Epinephelus areolatus; Argyrops spinifer; Soft fin rays; Fin aberration
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