Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom

Research Article

Sphyraena intermedia sp. nov. (Pisces: Sphyraenidae): a potential new species of barracuda identified from the central Mediterranean Sea

Michele A. Pastorea1 c1

a1 Istituto per lo Studio degli Ambienti Marini Costieri (IAMC–CNR) di Taranto, via Roma, 3-74100, Taranto, Italy

Abstract

A potential new species of Barracuda Sphyraena intermedia sp. nov. (Perciformes: Actinopterygii) is reported from the Gulf of Taranto in the central Mediterranean Sea. This classification was based upon a thorough anatomical comparison with well documented species from the region (Sphyraena sphyraena and Sphyraena viridensis). Principally, Sphyraena intermedia sp. nov. differed from the other species within the genus in terms of body shape, otoliths, dentition and pyloric caeca.

(Received April 08 2008)

(Accepted February 25 2009)

(Online publication June 02 2009)

Correspondence:

c1 Correspondence should be addressed to: M.A. Pastore, Istituto per lo Studio degli Ambienti Marini Costieri, (IAMC–CNR) di Taranto, via Roma, 3-74100, Taranto Italy email: michelepastore41@gmail.com