First records of dusky grouper Epinephelus marginatus settlement-stage larvae in the Ligurian Sea.

Robin FAILLETTAZ, Laurent GILLETTA, Frank PETIT, Patrice FRANCOUR, Jean-Olivier IRISSON

Abstract


The presence of dusky grouper Epinephelus marginatus settlement-stage larvae in the Ligurian Sea is reported. Epinephelus marginatus populations are slowly recovering along the french Mediterranean coast since the establishment of a moratorium on spearfishing in 1993 but still remain spatially restricted to marine protected areas. The occurrence of Epinephelus marginatus larvae in a region where effective settlement had not been detected for decades is a new observation supporting the species’ recovery.

Keywords


Epinephelus marginatus, Epinephelidae, settlement-stage larvae, Ligurian Sea, NW Mediterranean Sea

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