We report new records of the fisheries-harvested subtropical greater amberjack Seriola dumerili for the south-east Pacific Ocean. Previously, only one species of Seriola (the yellowtail amberjack Seriola lalandi) was scientifically recorded for Rapa Nui (also known as Easter Island) despite local fishers' asserting that three Seriola morphotypes are found in the region. Here we present the first 'scientific record' of what could be a pre-existing (albeit transient) species of the Rapa Nui ecoregion. Establishing the existing range limits of commercially and ecologically valuable species is key for observing climate-driven distribution shifts, and the inclusion of traditional ecological knowledge is likely to be particularly important in areas with relatively fewer scientific surveys.
Morales, N., Coghlan, A. R., Easton, E. E., Friedlander, A. M., Herlan, J., & Gaymer, C. F. (2021). Now you see me: first records of the greater amberjack Seriola dumerili at Rapa Nui (Easter Island), the result of range extension or increased scientific effort?. Journal of fish biology, 10.1111/jfb.14983. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1111/jfb.14983
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