A new record of the rare Hypleurochilus bananensis (Poll 1959) (Actinopterygii: Blenniidae) with a review of its distribution and ecology in Italian seas


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Published: 17 April 2024
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  • Francesco Tiralongo Dipartimento di Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche e Ambientali, Università degli Studi di Catania; Ente Fauna Marina Mediterranea, Associazione Scientifica per la Ricerca e Conservazione della Biodiversità Marina, Avola (Siracusa); Istituto per le Risorse Biologiche e le Biotecnologie Marine, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Ancona, Italy. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1625-0149

This study documents the presence of Hypleurochilus bananensis in a new area within the Tyrrhenian Sea, located about 30 km south of the closest occurrence locality known to date. Providing novel insights into its habitat, the observations here reported, at “Caterina Beach” (Sant’Agnello) on 29th and 30th December 2023, revealed the presence of four individuals close to a port beach area, in an artificial habitat represented by rusted iron pipes. These findings contribute valuable data to the limited knowledge on this rare species, providing new distributional and habitat notes.


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Tiralongo, F. (2024). A new record of the rare <i>Hypleurochilus bananensis</i> (Poll 1959) (Actinopterygii: Blenniidae) with a review of its distribution and ecology in Italian seas. Natural History Sciences, 11(1). https://doi.org/10.4081/nhs.2024.750

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