Natural hybrid of ♀ Diplodus cervinus and ♂ of D. levantinus (Teleostei: Sparidae) from the Mediterranean coast of Israel

Published: Jan 17, 2018
hybrid Diplodus cervinus Diplodus levantinus Sparidae Mediterranean

A morphomeristic and genetic analysis of an unusual specimen of Diplodus (Family: Sparidae) that was collected in the Mediterranean coast of Israel revealed that it is a hybrid of Diplodus cervinus female and D. levantinus male.  Coloring, lip formation and teeth arrangement were intermediate between the parental species.

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