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A gastropod from the tropical Atlantic becomes an established alien in the Mediterranean
Antit, M.; Gofas, S.; Azzouna, A. (2010). A gastropod from the tropical Atlantic becomes an established alien in the Mediterranean. Biological Invasions 12(5): 991-994. hdl.handle.net/10.1007/s10530-009-9532-2
In: Biological Invasions. Springer: London. ISSN 1387-3547, more
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Keywords
    Introduced species; Gastropoda [WoRMS]; Mitrella psilla (Duclos, 1846) [WoRMS]; MED, Mediterranean [Marine Regions]; Marine
Author keywords
    Gastropoda - Introduction pathway - Tunisia - Mediterranean - Mitrella psilla

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  • Antit, M.
  • Gofas, S., more
  • Azzouna, A.

Abstract
    We report the occurrence of an established population of the gastropod Mitrella psilla (Duclos, 1846), native on west African coasts of Mauritania, Senegal and Angola, on the shore of La Goulette, Bay of Tunis. The molluscan species of tropical West African affinity hitherto ascertained in the Mediterranean are not aliens, but have a native range which encompasses at least part of the Alboran Sea since historical times. Mitrella psilla appears therefore as the first instance of a mollusc with a tropical Atlantic origin being added to the Mediterranean fauna. The species was found near an important commercial harbour and is presumed to have been introduced by shipping.

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