The role of social media in compensating for the lack of field studies: Five new fish species for Mediterranean Egypt



Al Mabruk SAA, Abdulghani A, Nour OM, Adel M, Crocetta F, Doumpas N, Kleitou P, Tiralongo F.


J Fish Biol. 2021 Aug;99(2):673-678. doi: 10.1111/jfb.14721. Epub 2021 Apr 9.


In the Mediterranean Sea, where biological invasions constitute a serious threat, the combination of citizen science and social networks amplified the power of proper field studies, recording species that would have otherwise presumably passed unnoticed. Based on data collected on several Facebook groups, we hereby first report the presence of five fish taxa (Kyphosus sp., Heniochus intermedius, Pomacanthus imperator, Pomacanthus maculosus and Abudefduf sp.) new for the Mediterranean Egypt, revise their distribution in the Mediterranean Sea and discuss their possible introduction pathways. Finally, we provide some considerations on the potentiality of social media for citizen science projects. CI – © 2021 Fisheries Society of the British Isles.

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Link/DOI: 10.1111/jfb.14721