First occurrence of Caprella scaura Templeton, 1836 (Crustacea: Amphipoda) on off-coast fish farm cages in the Mediterranean Sea

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Title: First occurrence of Caprella scaura Templeton, 1836 (Crustacea: Amphipoda) on off-coast fish farm cages in the Mediterranean Sea
Authors: Fernandez-Gonzalez, Victoria | Sanchez-Jerez, Pablo
Research Group/s: Biología Marina
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Ciencias del Mar y Biología Aplicada
Keywords: Aquaculture | Caprellid | Exotic | First record | Malta | Croatia
Knowledge Area: Zoología
Issue Date: Mar-2014
Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Citation: Helgoland Marine Research. 2014, 68(1): 187-191. doi:10.1007/s10152-013-0375-y
Abstract: The non-indigenous caprellid Caprella scaura Templeton, 1836, native to the western Indian Ocean, was firstly recorded in the Mediterranean Sea in 1994, and all Mediterranean populations discovered to date are related to shoreline areas. A total of ten fish farms were sampled off the coasts of Spain (4), Italy (1), Croatia (2), Greece (1) and Malta (2). This is the first time that C. scaura has been reported from off-coast areas. Reproducing populations have been detected in fouling communities of three tuna farms off the coast of Croatia and Malta, which also signifies the first confirmed record of this species in both countries. The occurrence of successfully established and thriving populations of C. scaura Templeton, 1836 at floating off-coast fish farms underlines the importance of these structures as stepping stones in the species.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/37337
ISSN: 1438-387X (Print) | 1438-3888 (Online)
DOI: 10.1007/s10152-013-0375-y
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10152-013-0375-y
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