First Record of Saddleback Silver-biddy Gerres limbatus Cuvier, 1830 (Pisces: Gerreidae) from Shatt Al-Arab River and marine Territorial Waters of Iraq  

Atheer H. Ali , Jassim M. Abed , Majid M. Taher
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. 59   doi: 10.5376/ijms.2014.04.0059
Received: 24 Jul., 2014    Accepted: 29 Aug., 2014    Published: 21 Oct., 2014
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Ali et al., 2014, First record of saddleback silver-biddy Gerres limbatus Cuvier, 1830 (Pisces: Gerreidae) from Shatt Al-Arab River and marine territorial waters of Iraq, International Journal of Marine Science, Vol.4, No.59 1-5 (doi: 10.5376/ijms.2014.04.0059)

Abstract

Ten specimens of Saddleback silver-biddy, Gerres limbatusCuvier, 1830,were collected from Iraqi waters during 2010 through 2013. Two specimens were collected from the Shatt Al-Arab River and eight from marine territorial waters of Iraq near Khor Al-Ummiah. Meristic and morphometric characters are given. Differences between this species and the three other gerreids known from Iraqi waters [G. filamentosus Cuvier, 1829, G. oyena (Forsskål, 1775), and G. longirostris (Lacepède, 1801)] are discussed. The present records bring the total number of Gerres species in Iraq to four. Additionally, two new size records are reported for this species.

Keywords
Gerres limbatus; Gerreidae; Perciformes; New distribution; Iraq; Arabian Gulf
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