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Occurrence of Two Grunt Fish (Haemulidae: Pomadasys) from the Iraqi Marine Waters  

Abbas Jasim Al-Faisal
Marine Science Centre, University of Basrah, Basrah, Iraq
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International Journal of Marine Science, 2018, Vol. 8, No. 21   doi: 10.5376/ijms.2018.08.0021
Received: 10 Jul., 2018    Accepted: 26 Jul., 2018    Published: 10 Aug., 2018
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Al-Faisal A.J., and Mutlak F.M., 2018, Occurrence of two grunt fish (Haemulidae: Pomadasys) from the Iraqi marine waters, International Journal of Marine Science, 8(21): 172-175 (doi: 10.5376/ijms.2018.08.0021)


The new record of Pomadasys commersonnii (Lacepède, 1801) and second appearance of Pomadasys aheneus McKay & Randall, 1995 are reported from the Iraqi marine waters, northwest of the Arabian Gulf. Total length of P. aheneus was 200 mm, while the total length of P. commersonnii was 240 mm. The Yellowback grunt (P. aheneus) could be distinguished by the brassy color on nape, anterior part of back, and upper sides, dorsal fin with 13 spines and 14 soft rays and pectoral fin with 13 rays. Whilst The Smallspotted grunter (P. Commersonnii) characterized by the body is relatively elongate, the color is silvery with small black spots on upper of body and Dorsal fin with 11 spines and 13 soft rays. 

New record; Haemulidae; P. aheneus; P. commersonnii; Arabian Gulf
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