Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK

Research Article

First record of the muzzled blenny (Osteichthyes: Blenniidae: Omobranchus punctatus) from the Mediterranean, with remarks on ship-mediated fish introduction

Daniel  Golani a1
a1 Department of Evolution, Systematics and Ecology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 91904 Jerusalem, Israel, E-mail:

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The muzzled blenny Omobanchus punctatus is recorded for the first time in the Mediterranean Sea, collected among fouling organisms covering the frame of aquaculture cages at the entrance to the port of Ashdod, Israel. Its presence there is most likely due to accidental introduction attributed to ship-mediated transfer.

(Received November 27 2003)
(Accepted April 30 2004)