First record of Boulenger's anthias Sacura boulengeri (Heemstra 1973) in the Red Sea

Viktor Nunes Peinemann*, Lucía Pombo-Ayora, Jesse E.M. Cochran, Fabio Marchese, Giovanni Chimienti, Mattie Rodrigue, Ameer A. Eweida, Paul A. Marshall, Francesca Benzoni, Michael L. Berumen

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In November 2020, we observed several individuals and collected one juvenile of an unidentified anthiadine fish (Serranidae) between depths of 250 and 307 m near vertical walls of rocky reefs in the northern Red Sea. Further morphological and molecular analyses revealed that the collected specimen matches Sacura boulengeri, a species previously reported only from the Gulf of Oman to India.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)294-298
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of fish biology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We want to thank the crew of the R.V. for technical assistance. We would like to thank OceanX and the crew of for their operational and logistical support for the duration of this expedition. In particular, we would like to acknowledge the submersible teams for data acquisition and sample collection as well as the crew for support of scientific operations on board. We would also like to thank OceanX Media for documenting and communicating this work with the public. We thank our reviewer and Yi‐Kai Tea for their helpful comments and advice regarding the specimen's head spination. We thank the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Bioscience Core Laboratory for sequencing support. This project was funded by the NEOM OceanX Deep Blue expedition and KAUST (baseline research funds to M.L.B.). G. Chimienti was supported by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (PON 2014–2020, Grant AIM 1807508‐1, Linea 1). Cyclone OceanXplorer OceanXplorer

Funding Information:
Ministère de l'Education Nationale, de la Formation professionnelle, de l'Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche Scientifique, Grant/Award Numbers: PON 2014‐2020, Grant AIM 1807508‐1, Linea 1; NEOM; OceanX; Red Sea Research Center, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Funding information

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© 2022 Fisheries Society of the British Isles.


  • range extension
  • Rariphotic fishes
  • Red Sea
  • reef
  • Serranidae
  • submersible

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Aquatic Science


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