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Tritonia nilsodhneri Marcus Ev., 1983 (Gastropoda, Heterobranchia, Tritoniidae): first records for the Adriatic Sea and new data on ecology and distribution of Mediterranean populations
Furfaro, G.; Trainito, E.; De Lorenzi, F.; Fantin, M.; Doneddu, M. (2017). Tritonia nilsodhneri Marcus Ev., 1983 (Gastropoda, Heterobranchia, Tritoniidae): first records for the Adriatic Sea and new data on ecology and distribution of Mediterranean populations. Acta Adriat. 58(2): 261-270
In: Acta Adriatica. Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries: Split. ISSN 0001-5113, more
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Keywords
    Eunicella Verrill, 1869 [WoRMS]; Leptogorgia Milne Edwards, 1857 [WoRMS]; Tritonia nilsodhneri Marcus Ev., 1983 [WoRMS]; Tritoniidae Lamarck, 1809 [WoRMS]; MED, Adriatic Sea [Marine Regions]
Author keywords
    host specificity

Authors  Top 
  • Furfaro, G.
  • Trainito, E.
  • De Lorenzi, F.
  • Fantin, M.
  • Doneddu, M.

Abstract
    The nudibranch Tritonia nilsodhneri, usually feeding on a variety of gorgoniacean species, is known from different localities of the eastern Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Knowledge of the host preferences of the Mediterranean populations is still scarce. Few records of this nudibranch have been reported from the eastern Mediterranean basin. With this report, the occurrence of T. nilsodhneri within the Mediterranean basin is extended to the Adriatic Sea. Furthermore, the list of the host species associated to the Mediterranean populations for feeding habits is increased from two up to five. Mediterranean specimens of T. nilsodhneri were observed for the first time feeding and spawning on Leptogorgia sarmentosa, Eunicella cavolini and E. labiata. Finally, these last two Gorgoniidae species are also reported here as a new host species for T. nilsodhneri.

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