Occurrence of Diopatra marocensis (Annelida, Onuphidae) in the eastern Mediterranean


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ÇINAR M. E. , FAUCHALD K., DAĞLI E.

ZOOKEYS, no.445, pp.1-11, 2014 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.3897/zookeys.445.8464
  • Title of Journal : ZOOKEYS
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-11

Abstract

The present study deals with the presence of Diopatra marocensis in the eastern Mediterranean. This species is small-sized and inhabited muddy bottom near the opening of rivers or lagoons [salinity range: 33-39%] in the Aegean and Levantine Seas, and reached a maximum density of 90 ind.m(-2) in Mersin Bay. This species might be an alien species that was introduced from the East Atlantic (near Gibraltar) to the eastern Mediterranean via ballast water of ships, as it has never been reported from the western Mediterranean Sea.