Lessepsian migration: a continuous biogeographical process

Ehud Spanier, Bella S. Galil

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The opening of the Suez Canal unintentionally initiated an important event - the joining of two biogeographical provinces. For over 120 years, Red Sea species, migrating through the canal, have been colonizing the Mediterranean. The recent proliferation of a Red Sea jellyfish along the Levant coast highlights the profound changes in the indigenous biota.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)102-106
Number of pages5
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1991

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Acknowledgments We dedicatet his article to ProfessorF . D. Por, the leading scholar of Lessep-sian migration, on his 65th birthday. This work was supported in part by grants from the MED POL programme and MTF contributions received through FAO.

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  • History and Philosophy of Science


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