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First occurrence of a Hymenosomatid crab Elamena mathoei (Desmarest, 1823) (Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura) in the Mediterranean Sea
Zaouali, J.; Ben Souissi, J.; Rifi, M.; d'Udekem d'Acoz, C. (2013). First occurrence of a Hymenosomatid crab Elamena mathoei (Desmarest, 1823) (Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura) in the Mediterranean Sea. Mediterr. Mar. Sci. 14(2): 278-281
In: Mediterranean Marine Science. National Centre for Marine Research: Athina. ISSN 1108-393X, more
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Keywords
    Decapoda [WoRMS]; Elamena mathoei (Desmarest, 1823) [WoRMS]; Hymenosomatidae MacLeay, 1838 [WoRMS]
Author keywords
    Elamena mathoei; Hymenosomatidae; crab; alien; Tunisia; firstMediterranean record

Authors  Top 
  • Zaouali, J.
  • Ben Souissi, J.
  • Rifi, M.
  • d'Udekem d'Acoz, C., more

Abstract
    Mediterranean fauna is undergoing drastic modifications as a result of anthropogenic activities and global warming. The most important of these is the colonization of the Mediterranean Sea by alien species, many of them entering through the Suez Canal. While many of them are still confined to the Levant Basin, several have extended their distribution westwards to Tunisian waters. The presence of the Indo-west Pacific hymenosomatid crab Elamena mathoei on a rocky shore at Sidi Daoud, Cape Bon Peninsula, Tunisia, is the first Mediterranean record of this species. It is a testimony to the changes in the patterns of invasion in the Mediterranean Sea.

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