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Journal of Marine Biology
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 462407, 3 pages
Research Article

On the Occurrence of the Blunthead Puffer, Sphoeroides pachygaster (Osteichthyes: Tetraodontidae), in the Strait of Messina (Central Mediterranean)

1Institute of Coastal Marine Environment (IAMC), CNR, Spianata S. Raineri 86, 98122 Messina, Italy
2ISPRA, Via Curtatone 3, 00185 Rome, Italy

Received 30 March 2012; Accepted 10 May 2012

Academic Editor: Robert A. Patzner

Copyright © 2012 D. Giordano et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The record of Sphoeroides pachygaster reveals the presence of the species in the Strait of Messina (Central Mediterranean Sea). The adult species was captured on 15 march 2012. It measured 280 mm of total length and weighed 461.5 g. Morphometric measurements (mm) and meristic counts were reported in this paper.