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First record of Lagocephalus laevigatus (Tetraodontiformes, Tetraodontidae) from Galician waters (north-west Spain), a northernmost occurrence in the north-east Atlantic Ocean


  • R. Bañón,

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    1. Unidade Técnica de Pesca de Baixura (UTPB), Dirección Xeral de Recursos Mariños. Consellería de Pesca e Asuntos Marítimos. Rúa do Valiño 63-65, 15703 Santiago de Compostela, Spain
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  • V. Santás

    1. Mar do Morrazo s. coop. galega. Concepcion Arenal n°20 1°H, 36950 Moaña, Spain
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The first record of the smooth puffer Lagocephalus laevigatus from Galician waters (north-west Spain) is reported. Three possible mechanisms of introduction of the specimen are considered: natural displacement, the aquarist trade and transport in ballast water.