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a lessepsian species, Plotosus lineatus, catfish at the mediterranean.

The venomous striped eel catfissh Plotosus lineatus
was first recorded in the Mediterranean in 2002.
Within 1-3 years, it has spread throughout the entire Israeli coast.

The only catfish found in coral reefs. Also found in estuaries, tide pools and open coasts. Juveniles form dense ball-shaped schools of about 100 fish; adults are solitary or occur in smaller groups of around 20 and are known to hide under ledges during the day . Adults search and stir the sand incessantly for crustaceans, mollusks, worms, and sometimes fish . Oviparous, with demersal eggs and planktonic larvae . The highly venomous serrate spine of the first dorsal and each of the pectoral fins are dangerous, and even fatal in rare cases
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Mediterranean Maagan Michael, Striped eel-plotosus lineatus
a lessepsian species, Plotosus lineatus, catfish at the mediterranean.<br />
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The venomous striped eel catfissh Plotosus lineatus<br />
was first recorded in the Mediterranean in 2002.<br />
Within 1-3 years, it has spread throughout the entire Israeli coast.<br />
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The only catfish found in coral reefs. Also found in estuaries, tide pools and open coasts. Juveniles form dense ball-shaped schools of about 100 fish; adults are solitary or occur in smaller groups of around 20 and are known to hide under ledges during the day . Adults search and stir the sand incessantly for crustaceans, mollusks, worms, and sometimes fish . Oviparous, with demersal eggs and planktonic larvae . The highly venomous serrate spine of the first dorsal and each of the pectoral fins are dangerous, and even fatal in rare cases