AQUATIC SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING, vol.36, no.2, pp.16-19, 2021 (Scopus)
Champsodon nudivittis (Ogilby, 1895), also known as nakedband gaper, is distributed in the Aegean and Levantine parts of the Mediterranean Sea. It has been reported in the Mediterranean Sea
as a Red Sea immigrant. The first record of the species in the Mediterranean Sea was reported in
2009 from the Levantine coasts. In this study, two individuals of nakedband gaper were captured
about two months apart north of Gokceada Island, in the North Aegean Sea. The specimens were
obtained using a trawl at depths of 100-120 m. Their total lengths were measured as 117 and 122
mm. This report extends the distribution of C. nudivittis to the North Aegean Sea, marking its
northernmost record in the Mediterranean Sea to date. Moreover, the species is the second Red
Sea origin fish recorded in the area between Gokceada Island, Samothraki Island and Saros Bay. C.
nudivittis is known as a predator, hence, its population density should be monitored and its impact
on the ecosystem should be assessed in the North Aegean Sea.