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First record of Styela clava (Tunicata, Ascidiacea) in the Mediterranean region
Davis, M.H.; Davis, M.E. (2008). First record of Styela clava (Tunicata, Ascidiacea) in the Mediterranean region. Aquat. Invasions 3(2): 125-132
In: Aquatic Invasions. Regional Euro-Asian Biological Invasions Centre (REABIC): Helsinki. ISSN 1798-6540, more
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Keywords
    New records; Styela clava Herdman, 1881 [WoRMS]; Marine

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  • Davis, M.H.
  • Davis, M.E., editor

Abstract
    The solitary ascidian Styela clava Herdman, 1882 is recorded for the first time in the Mediterranean region. It was found in the Bassin de Thau, near Sète; it has not yet been found in the Mediterranean Sea. The Bassin de Thau specimens are described and compared with Northern European specimens. The proximity of commercial shellfisheries to the discovered populations, and the absence of S. clava from other harbours and marinas along the coast, suggests that the species may have been introduced by shellfish transfer.

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