In a recent article, Malaquias et al. (2016) use molecular tools to test the conspecificity of the aglajid sea slug Chelidonura fulvipunctata Baba, 1938 populations from two sites in the Mediterranean (Cyprus, Italy) and the Indo-West Pacific (Mozambique, Lizard Island, Australia, and Marshall Islands). The authors then postulate that the species has entered the Red Sea from the Mediterranean Sea through the Suez Canal, the latter acting as a “revolving door” that can allow species of Indo-Pacific origin to enter the Mediterranean, and species established in the Mediterranean to move into the Red Sea. In this response evidence is offered that questions, if not refutes, the authors’ premises. The veracity and accuracy of the geographic origin and the pathways of introduction are of major importance for management of bioinvasions. For appropriate management measures to be prioritized, devised, and implemented, care should be taken to provide scientists, regulators and stakeholders with as accurate information as possible.
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- DNA barcoding
- Non-indigenous species
- Suez canal
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Aquatic Science
- Water Science and Technology