Report | February 5, 2024

Catch of the Day: The Wahoo Acanthocybium solandri (Cuvier, 1832) in the Lebanese Waters, Eastern Mediterranean

Wahoo, Acanthocybium solandri (Cuvier, 1832), is a pelagic species of the Scombridae family, and the only species of the genus Acanthocybium Gill, 1862 [1]. A. solandri is widely distributed throughout the tropical and subtropical oceanic waters [2] of the Indian [3-5], Atlantic [6-15], and Pacific oceans [4-5] including the Red [16], Mediterranean [2-17-19], and Caribbean seas [20]. However, the distribution of the wahoo species in the Mediterranean Sea has not been precise until today. Accordingly, only a few individuals of A. solandri have been reported around Sicily [17-18]. To the best of our knowledge, the wahoo species have never been reported in the southern Levantine Sea. However, [21] has mentioned that “No quantitative data exists and only anecdotic information is available” in the Lebanese waters. In this context, these notes aim to report the first confirmed specimens of Wahoo Acanthocybium solandri caught from Lebanese waters south of the Levantine Sea.