Micropogonias undulatus(L.), another exotic arrival in European waters

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  • M. Stevens,

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    1. Laboratory of Aquatic Ecology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Ch. de Bériotstraat 32, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium and
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  • G. Rappé,

    1. Vakgroep Biologie, Universiteit Gent, Krijgslaan 281/S8, B-9000 Gent, Belgium
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      Present address: National Botanic Garden of Belgium, Domein van Bouchout, B-1860 Meise, Belgium.

  • J. Maes,

    1. Laboratory of Aquatic Ecology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Ch. de Bériotstraat 32, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium and
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  • B. Van Asten,

    1. Laboratory of Aquatic Ecology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Ch. de Bériotstraat 32, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium and
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  • F. Ollevier

    1. Laboratory of Aquatic Ecology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Ch. de Bériotstraat 32, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium and
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Tel.: +32 16 32 45 74; fax: +32 16 32 45 75; email: maarten.stevens@bio.kuleuven.ac.be

Abstract

Two living specimens of the Atlantic croaker Micropogonias undulatus have been caught during recent years in Belgian waters (Southern Bight of the North Sea): one in August 1998 as a by-catch of the commercial shrimp fishery in coastal waters, another in October 2001 on a tidal flat in the brackish part of the Scheldt Estuary. These represent the first records of this north-west Atlantic species in European waters, and their occurrence is likely to be due to transportation in ship ballast water.

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