New mediterranean biodiversity records (December 2019)

Branko Dragičević, Olga Anadoli, Dror Angel, Mouloud Benabdi, Ghazi Bitar, Luca Castriota, Fabio Crocetta, Alan Deidun, Jakov Dulčić, Dor Edelist, Vasilis Gerovasileiou, Salvatore Giacobbe, Alenka Goruppi, Tamar Guy-Haim, Evangelos Konstantinidis, Zafrir Kuplik, Joachim Langeneck, Armando Macali, Ioannis Manitaras, Nikolas MichailidisEvangelia Michaloudi, Panayotis Ovalis, Costas Perdikaris, Roberto Pillon, Stefano Piraino, Walter Renda, Jamila Rizgalla, Andrea Spinelli, Jonathan Tempesti, Francesco Tiralongo, Valentina Tirelli, Konstantinos Tsiamis, Cemal Turan, Necdet Uygur, Bruno Zava, Argyro Zenetos

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This paper is a collection of novel distributional records of 20 species belonging to 8 phyla (Chlorophyta, Rhodophyta, Cnidaria, Ctenophora, Annelida, Mollusca, Arthropoda and Chordata) from 11 Mediterranean countries, namely, Spain: an additional record of the Canary dentex Dentex canariensis is reported from Spain (Valencia), this is the northernmost record of this species in the Mediterranean; Algeria: the first documented record of Caulerpa chemnitzia is reported from the Algerian coast; France: the first record of the Spotted sea hare Aplysia dactylomela is reported from the eastern coast of Corsica; Italy: the first records of the Lessepsian polychaete Dorvillea similis and the alien bivalve Isognomon legumen are reported from Italian waters while additional records of Mnemiopsis leidyi in the south Adriatic are provided; Libya: the first record of an alien mollusc Crepidula fornicata is reported from Libyan waters; Malta: multiple sightings of gelatinous species Apolemia uvaria, Phacellophora camtschatica and Physophora hydrostatica are reported for the first time from Maltese waters, as well as the first tentative record of the Orange-spotted grouper Epinephelus cfr. coioides; Greece: an occurrence of a rare Bigeye thresher shark Alopias superciliosus is reported from Hellenic Ionian waters, while the first records of the alien Mertens' prawn-goby Vanderhorstia mertensi, the recently described cyclopoid copepod Oithona davisae and the alien red seaweed Asparagopsis armata are reported from the Aegean Sea. The presence of the micromollusc Euthymella colzumensis is confirmed for Greece; Cyprus: the first record of the red cornetfish Fistularia petimba is reported from Cyprus; Turkey: the first record of the alien jellyfish Marivagia stellata is reported from south-eastern Turkey; Israel: the first records of the sea nettle Chrysaora sp. in the Levant are reported.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)636-656
Number of pages21
JournalMediterranean Marine Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2019

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© 2019, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Aquatic Science


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