|Rapid invasion and ecological interactions of Diplosoma listerianum in the North Sea, UK|
|Vance, T.; Lauterbach, L.; Lenz, M.; Wahl, M.; Sanderson, R.A.; Thomason, J.C. (2009). Rapid invasion and ecological interactions of Diplosoma listerianum in the North Sea, UK. Marine Biodiversity Records 2(e59). dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1755267209000815|
|In: Marine Biodiversity Records. Cambridge University Press: London, more|
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This paper documents the arrival of Diplosoma listerianum into a habitat with no previously known history of the species. Once established, D. listerianum exploited rapid growth rates relative to the other fouling species present, to quickly become the dominant species in a local fouling assemblage. Most resident macrofoulers were out-competed for space and overgrown, although some resistance to overgrowth was demonstrated by the bryozoan Umbonula littoralis and the tunicate Ascidiella aspersa. In this instance, traits traditionally considered to be relevant for community resistance towards invasion, such as diversity, richness, dominant species identity and open space were not important in controlling the spread of D. listerianum.