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First observation of Pteroeides spinosum (Anthozoa: Octocorallia) fields in a Sicilian coastal zone (Central Mediterranean Sea)
Porporato, E.M.D.; Mangano, M.C.; De Domenico, F.; Giacobbe, S.; Spanò, N. (2014). First observation of Pteroeides spinosum (Anthozoa: Octocorallia) fields in a Sicilian coastal zone (Central Mediterranean Sea). Mar. Biodiv. 44(4): 589-592 . hdl.handle.net/10.1007/s12526-014-0212-9
In: Marine Biodiversity. Springer: Heidelberg; Berlin. ISSN 1867-1616, more
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Keywords
    Filter feeders; Remotely operated vehicles; Pennatulacea [WoRMS]; Marine
Author keywords
    Sea pens

Authors  Top 
  • Porporato, E.M.D.
  • Mangano, M.C.
  • De Domenico, F.
  • Giacobbe, S.
  • Spanò, N.

Abstract
    The presence of extensive pennatulacean fields was highlighted in the southern part of the Strait of Messina, Central Mediterranean Sea, during a survey carried out by a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). Pennatulaceans belonging to Pteroeides spinosum were observed from 30 to 160 m. The sea pens reached densities of =10 specimens m-2. Their main arrangement patterns are described and their dependence on the interaction between terrigenous organic input and sea-bottom currents is discussed in the light of the ecological importance of sea pen fields.

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