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First Record of Abnormal Body Coloration in Fishes Obtained from Jubail Area, Arabian Gulf, Saudi Arabia  

Laith A. Jawad1 , Mustafa Ibrahim2
1 Flat Bush, Manukau, Auckland, New Zealand
2 Ministry of Agriculture, Fish Welfare Branch, El-Jubail Province, Saudia Arabia
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International Journal of Marine Science, 2017, Vol. 7, No. 32   doi: 10.5376/ijms.2017.07.0032
Received: 21 Jul., 2017    Accepted: 14 Aug., 2017    Published: 25 Aug., 2017
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Jawad L.A., and Ibrahim M., 2017, First record of abnormal body coloration in fishes obtained from Jubail Area, Arabian Gulf, Saudi Arabia, International Journal of Marine Science, 7(32): 308-315 (doi: 10.5376/ijms.2017.07.0032)


Three specimens of the family Epinephelidae and two specimens of the family Haemulidae with abnormal coloration, were obtained from Jubail City, Saudi Arabia, Arabian Gulf coast. The epaulet grouper Epinephelus stoliczkae specimens were obtained from the fish market at Jubail City originated from Sultanate of Oman, while the two haemulid species, Plectorhinchus stoliczkae and P. sordidus were collected from the Saudi Arabian waters of the Arabian Gulf at Jubail City. These are the first documented cases of color aberration in those species. A description of the color anomalies is provided.

Aberration; Ambicoloration; Epaulet grouper; Sordid thicklip; Whitebarred rubberlip; Pigmentation; Oman
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