Menachem Goren

Menachem Goren
Tel Aviv University | TAU · School of Zoology and The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History

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Discussion Population size structure Annual growth rates of P. perna differ greatly among sites and continents, and may range from 25 to 78 mm in the first year. The decimation of the Israeli population within 2.5 months of its first and only live-sampling left us with fragmentary but tantalizing data. However, the remaining in-situ shells were sig...
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Discussion Surveys and monitoring are essential precursors for governance, policy, and management actions. The current monitoring methodology provides only partial information that fails to adequately represent the critical spatial and temporal variability of upper shelf NIS populations. The resulting data is insufficient, likely misleading, and us...
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The Israeli shelf serves as an important hotspot, beachhead and dispersal hub for Erythraean aliens. The spatial and temporal spread of Erythraean aliens in the Mediterranean Sea has advanced concurrently with successive enlargements of the Suez Canal, rise in mean seawater temperature, and prevalence, duration, and severity of MHWs increase. Risin...
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The Levant Basin is in many ways the world’s most invaded marine ecosystem owing to the existence of the man-made Suez Canal. The invasion of free-living organisms through this pathway is increasingly documented and monitored in the past two decades, and their ecological impact recognized. Nonetheless, while tremendous scientific effort is invested...
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The newly established population of Perna perna surveyed at four sites along the Israeli Mediterranean coast averaged between 2155 and 8022 specimens/m² in June 2021. Three sites displayed unimodal size-frequency distributions, whereas the site adjacent to Haifa port-a bimodal distribution. The population suffered catastrophic mortality following a...
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With one text-figure ABSTRACT A new goboid species, Quisquilius flavicaudatus, was found in the Red sea. D VI, I 8; A I 8; Ρ 16-17; LL 23-25; TR 6-7; PreD 6; GR 3 + 1 + 10; V I 5 partly fused by a delicate membrane. The caudal peduncle and caudal fins are yellow. Red spots are found on the head and on the front of the body. The new species is disti...
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A new species of shrimp-goby was collected at depths of 60–80 m off the southern Israeli Mediterranean coast. A unique ‘DNA barcoding’ signature (mtDNA COI and Cytb ) revealed that it differs from any other previously bar-coded goby species clustered phylogenetically with the shrimp-gobies group, in which Cryptocentrus is the most speciose genus. A...
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Benthic habitats of the deep Mediterranean Sea and the biodiversity they host are increasingly jeopardized by increasing human pressures, both direct and indirect, which encompass fisheries, chemical and acoustic pollution, littering, oil and gas exploration and production and marine infrastructures (i.e., cable and pipeline laying), and bioprospec...
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An updated and evidence-based checklist of Mediterranean Sea fishes is provided. Each of the fish species in the Mediterranean Sea listed here was either listed in the last published checklist of the Mediterranean fishes or in other, reports or new records, and the checklist is critically assessed. Out of the assessed 791 species previously reporte...
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Lophoura edwardsi, a rarely recorded deep-water parasitic copepod, is reported for the first time from the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. We document its incidence of infection in hauls made between 2014 and 2020 on the Israeli upper slope, southeastern Mediter-ranean Sea. All 15 post-metamorphic females parasitized the deep-water macrourid Coelorinchu...
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Of the 452 multicellular non-indigenous species (NIS) recorded off the Israeli Mediterranean coast, nearly 90% are considered to have been introduced through the Suez Canal (Erythraean NIS). The Israeli shelf serves as an important way station and breeding ground for Erythraean NIS, with 260 and 91 species already recorded in the greater Levant Sea...
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After publication of the above mentioned article, previously undisclosed material was made available resulting in an altered population status for the below mentioned species:
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The Red Sea presents a narrow extension of the Indian Ocean surrounded by deserts. Its ichthyofauna comprises 1264 species (July 2019) belonging to 155 families. The Gobiidae is the richest family, with 143 species, followed by the Labridae, Apogonidae, Serranidae, and Blenniidae, with over 45 species each. The number of endemic species is estimate...
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Marine biota are redistributing at a rapid pace in response to climate change and shifting seascapes. While changes in fish populations and community structure threaten the sustainability of fisheries, our capacity to adapt by tracking and projecting marine species remains a challenge due to data discontinuities in biological observations, lack of...
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Supplement information to: Galil BS, Mienis KM, Hpffman R. and Goren M. 2020 Non-indigenous species along the Israeli Mediterranean
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Marine biota are redistributing at a rapid pace in response to climate change and shifting seascapes. While changes in fish populations and community structure threaten the sustainability of fisheries, our capacity to adapt by tracking and projecting marine species remains a challenge due to data discontinuities in biological observations, lack of...
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Marine biota is redistributing at a rapid pace in response to climate change and shifting seascapes. While changes in fish populations and community structure threaten the sustainability of fisheries, our capacity to adapt by tracking and projecting marine species remains a challenge due to data discontinuities in biological observations, lack of d...
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ABSTRACT. – The slope faunal assemblages at the southeastern Mediterranean have never been studied though mounting evidence points to the vulnerability of the continental slope biota to anthropogenic disturbance. An introductory investigation of the abundance and bathymetric distribution of the soft-bottom macro- and megafauna on the Levant Sea’s u...
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Swarms of striped eel catfish were observed for the first time in Eilat at the northern tip of the Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea in summer 2017. Taxonomic and genetic studies revealed it to be Plotosus japonicus Yoshino & Kishimoto, 2008. This is the first report of this species outside the Japanese archipelago Molecular comparisons (mtDNA COI) of this po...
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The present article is the first to describe the diet of the black anglerfish Lophius budegassa, an opportunistic, non-selective, ambush predator, on the upper slope of the south eastern Mediterranean Sea. The deep-water rose prawn, Parapenaeus longirostris, and the short nose green eye, Chlorophthalmus agassizi, are identified as its main prey ite...
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Three marine fish species of the Indo-Pacific genus Champsodon were reported as invasive species in the Eastern Mediterranean between 2009 and 2012; Champsodon nudivittis, C. vorax, and C. capensis. These are presumed to invade through the Suez Canal, but only C. nudivittis is known from the Red Sea, so the presence of C. vorax and C. capensis is s...
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The Israeli coastline, at the southeastern corner of the Mediterranean, describes a slightly curved line with Haifa Bay the sole embayment. The sediments transported from the Nile delta northwards by the prevailing inner shelf and wave-induced longshore currents produce a sandy shallow shelf. Only the very northern part of the coast borders cliffs...
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Although the ecological importance and impact of non-indigenous species is increasingly recognised and documented in shallow water ecosystems, their presence beyond the shelf has scarcely been documented. A survey of the upper slope biota of the Mediterranean coast of Israel revealed the presence at 200-m depth of individuals of three Erythraean sp...
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Abstract Using a temporal-dynamic calibrated Ecosim food web model, we assess the effects of future changes on marine resources and ecosystem conditions of the Israeli Mediterranean continental shelf. This region has been intensely invaded by Indo-Pacific species. The region is exposed to extreme environmental conditions, is subjected to high rates...
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The hyperiidean amphipod Brachyscelus rapacoides Stephensen, 1925 is recorded from the scyphozoan jellyfish Rhopilema nomadica Galil, 1990, a new record of association for the genus Brachyscelus, as well as the first record of hyperiid infestation of a non-indigenous scyphozoan host. Because of some past confusion concerning the status of B. rapaco...
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Analysis of ca. 17,000 fish remains recovered from the late Upper Paleolithic/early Epi-Paleolithic (LGM; 23,000 BP) waterlogged site of Ohalo II (Rift Valley, Israel) provides new insights into the role of wetland habitats and the fish inhabiting them during the evolution of economic strategies prior to the agricultural evolution. Of the current 1...
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Data (xls file) with Ohalo II fish remains and specimen catalogue numbers. (XLS)
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Preliminary results of DNA barcoding survey of deep-sea mega-faunal biota are presented, collected by trawl and gillnet off the Israeli coast (SE Mediterranean, depths 700 to 1500 meters) during 2012-2013. 846 organisms were identified to 37 species, mainly fish and decapod crustaceans. The most abundant species were the blackmouth catshark Galeus...
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A single adult specimen of Gonioinfradens giardi, a portunid crab known from the Red Sea, Gulf of Oman and Arabian Gulf, was recently collected off the southern Israeli coast, in the southeastern Mediterranean Sea. Morphological characters, as well as molecular analyses based on the mitochondrial barcoding gene cytochrome oxidase sub unit I (COI),...
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Climate change and human overexploitation of freshwaters jointly lead to extreme fluctuations in lake water levels. The latter induces changes in the structure and availability of littoral habitats, thereby affecting fish that reproduce in the littoral zone. Recent increased water level fluctuations in Lake Kinneret, Israel, provided an opportunity...
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An important challenge for conserving and managing marine ecosystems is to advance our understanding of how multiple human stressors, environmental factors and marine resources interact and influence each other. The ecosystems of the Israeli Mediterranean coast have undergone significant ecological changes in recent decades, caused primarily by the...
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The opening of the Suez Canal in 1869 enabled the invasion of more than 100 alien fish species into the Mediterranean. The aim of the present study was to compare the diet of native and alien fish species and to identify possibly shared food resources. We examined the diet composition of 13 of the most abundant fish species (6 alien, 7 native) on s...
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The snapper Pristipomoides multidens is reported for the first time from the Gulf of Aqaba. A comparison of mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase subunit 1 (COI) with available data revealed a high similarity with a sample from Mauritius and a lower similarity with samples from the China Sea. The status and distribution of the Red Sea species of Pristip...
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Biomanipulation is a tool decision makers use to achieve desirable management goals. In lakes, one of the most common goals is the improvement of water quality, an objective that can be achieved mainly by reducing the amount of phytoplankton in the water. Although it is a very clear goal that is achievable by using actions that affect the phytoplan...
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Species-delimitation studies across wide geographic ranges often reveal insights that ultimately improve our understanding of biogeographic and evolutionary processes. Here we investigated species delimitation and the global coastal pelagic population structures of the marine sardine species from the economically important subgenus Sardinella (Clup...
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The ecosystems of the Israeli Mediterranean coast have undergone significant changes in recent decades mainly due to species invasions and fishing. In order to characterize the structure and functioning of the marine continental shelf of the Israeli Mediterranean coast and assess temporal changes, we developed a food web model representing two time...
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The swimming crab Charybdis longicollis, native to the western Indian Ocean, was first recorded in the Mediterranean in 1954. It is now established from Egypt to Greece, and dominates the sandy-mud bottoms at 25–80 m in the southeastern Mediterranean. The success of C. longicollis is attributed to its high fecundity, agonistic behaviour and omnivor...
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The Brassy Chub, Kyphosus vaigiensis, first recorded in the Mediterranean in 1998, is reported herein from the coast of Israel. The identity of the specimen was confirmed by morphological and molecular analysis. This is the first record of K. vaigiensis from the Eastern Mediterranean. The possible origins of the Israeli record is discussed.
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To deal with the difficulties of species differentiation and delimitation among the commercially important sardines from the genus Sardinella, an integrative approach was adopted, incorporating traditional taxonomy with four DNA markers (coI, cytb, 16s and nuclear rag2). Combining these methodologies has enabled a thorough re-description of three o...
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The invasion of Indo-Pacific fish through the Suez Canal has dramatically altered the diversity of fish assemblages on the upper shelf of the southeastern Mediterranean. Yet, their role in the trophodynamics of the novel assemblages has been largely overlooked. In the present study, we investigated the impacts of the alien fish species on the struc...
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The number of alien species in the Mediterranean Sea is steadily increasing and it seems that the pace has been accelerating since the turn of the century (Galil et al. 2014). In 2015 alone five additional fish species have been reported, Epinephelus geoffroyi (Klunzinger, 1870) (Golani et al. 2015); Stolephorus indicus (van Hasselt, 1823) (Fricke...
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The squirrelfish genus, Sargocentron, is reported for the first time from Maltese coastal waters within the Central Mediterranean. The record is based on two individuals caught at two different coastal locations in the Maltese Islands within the space of a few days of each other, through the same fishing technique (trammel nets). In view of the imp...
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The collapse of the Sarotherodon galillaeus fishery in Lake Kinneret, from a mean annual catch of ~300 tons, to less than 10 tons in 2008 may indicate an imbalance between reproduction and mortality of the species. One possible reason is shortage of suitable reproduction grounds at low water levels. This study was aimed at understanding the reprodu...
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Species-delineation studies over wide geographic ranges often reveal diverging conclusions that may ultimately improve our understanding of biogeographic and evolutionary processes. In this study, we investigated both traditional morphological characteristics and genetic variances between worldwide populations of the nine pelvic-fin ray marine sard...
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We report a first record of the alien fish Cryptocentrus caeruleopunctatus in the Mediterranean Sea. The fish was found along the northern coast of Israel. This finding increases the number of Red Sea gobies in the Mediterranean to six, and the number of shrimp-gobies to two. A dense colony of this species was observed at depths of 20–30 m in the R...
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Sea turtles were targeted by fisheries in the Mediterranean from 1920 to 1970 and have undergone severe exploitation. At least 30,000 to 40,000 turtles were caught along the Palestinian coastline during the 1920s to 1930s. Although intentional cap- ture of marine turtles is now illegal, sea turtles are still incidentally caught by the fishing indus...
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We list sixty five fish species collected at depths greater than 500 m in the Levant Basin, including 10 depth records. The Levantine bathyal ichthyofauna is characterized by its eurybathy, with an upper bathymetric boundary that permitted penetration of the shallow Gibraltar and Siculo-Tunisian sills, and a much lower bathymetric boundary than rec...
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We investigate the genetic diversity of the sweeper Pempheris, a biological invader that entered the Mediterranean Sea via the Suez Canal. Two mitochondrial regions and one nuclear region were sequenced and topological reconstructions investigated from samples collected from the eastern Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea and three Indo-Pacific localities....
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This report updates the geographical distribution of Sardinella gibbosa (Bleeker, 1849): confirming its presence in the Red Sea and documenting its introduction into the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Both updates are based on overlooked museum voucher specimens, some of which were collected 86 years ago. In addition, a simplified morphological key is...
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Ecosystem-based management (EBM) is promoted as the solution for sustainable use. An ecosystem-wide assessment methodology is therefore required. In this paper, we present an approach to assess the risk to ecosystem components from human activities common to marine and coastal ecosystems. We build on: (i) a linkage framework that describes how huma...
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Ecosystem-based management (EBM) is promoted as the solution for sustainable use. An ecosystem-wide assessment methodology is therefore required. In this paper, we present an approach to assess the risk to ecosystem components from human activities common to marine and coastal ecosystems. We build on: (i) a linkage framework that describes how huma...
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This report updates the geographical distribution of Sardinella gibbosa (Bleeker, 1849): confirming its presence in the Red Sea and documenting its introduction into the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Both updates are based on overlooked museum voucher specimens, some of which were collected 86 years ago. In addition, a simplified morphological key is...
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The chapter summarizes current knowledge on fish biology in Lake Kinneret. Nineteen native fish species belonging to six families populate the lake. Three of these species are endemic to the lake and four other species are endemic to the Jordan Valley system. Eight alien species are found in the lake. Four of them are breeding in nature, three can’...
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In this study we use fish remains recovered at the Acheulian site of Gesher Benot Ya'aqov, dated to 0.78 Ma, to reconstruct for the first time the fish community of paleo-Lake Hula. From Area A at the site, we identified 13 species belonging to three of the five recent native families of freshwater fish: Cyprinidae (carps), Cichlidae (Tilapinii, St...
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Six hundred and eighty alien marine multicellular species have been recorded in the Mediterranean Sea, with many establishing viable populations and dispersing along its coastline. A brief history of bioinvasions research in the Mediterranean Sea is presented. Particular attention is paid to gelatinous invasive species: the temporal and spatial spr...
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As part of a comprehensive study of trawl fishery catch off Israel (Ashdod) and Turkey (Iskenderun and Antalya) conducted during 2008-2011, the population explosion of Nemipterus randalli, first recorded in the Mediterranean Sea in the beginning of 2005, was documented. The smallest individuals occurred on deeper bottoms (120 m), significantly more...
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A gonadotropic microsporidian parasite, Obruspora papernae gen. et sp. nov. (Microsporidia: Enterocytozoonidae), is described from Callionymus filamentosus (Teleostei: Callionymidae) in the Mediterranean Sea. The host, a Red Sea invasive species which entered the Mediterranean through the Suez Canal, was first collected in the Levant Basin in 1953,...
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During a deep-sea survey off the Mediterranean coast of Israel conducted on 31 July 2013 a small, but well preserved fragment of the tentacular stalk of Chiroteuthis veranii was collected at a depth of 978 m. The finding constitutes the first indication that this deep-sea cephalopod is living in the deeper parts of the southern Levantine Sea. It is...
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Two species of Champsodon (Champsodontidae)—C. vorax and C. nudivittis were collected for the first time from the northern Arabian Sea at a depth of 282–393 m. This finding significantly expands the known distribution of the two species and supports the suggestion that the recent finding of both species in the eastern Mediterranean is due to their...
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This chapter summarizes and presents an overall view of the various aspects of the native Mediterranean fish diversity. The Mediterranean Sea is a land-locked sea, comprising ca. 0.7 % of the hydrosphere area hosting ca. 5 % of the world’s marine fish species and supplies ca. 1 % of the global marine catch. Eight percent of the fish species in the...
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