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Red Sea Serpulids (Polychaeta) in the Eastern Mediterranean
Ben-Eliahu, M.N. (1991). Red Sea Serpulids (Polychaeta) in the Eastern Mediterranean. Ophelia. Supplement 5: 515-528
In: Ophelia. Supplementum. Ophelia Publications: Helsingør. ISSN 0107-5896, more

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  • Ben-Eliahu, M.N.

Abstract
    The paper considers the importance of Lessepsian migrants in the Levant serpulid fauna of Sinai, Israel, and Lebanon today, and explores whether there are common characteristics regarding their ecology (substrate and depth preference). A new Lessepsian migrant, Hydroides homocera, illustrates the founder principle. The serpulid species of the eastern Levant coast and of Cyprus between 0-180 m are listed. By comparing faunas, a possible effect of Lessepsian migrants on the indigenous biota is discerned. An attempt is made to predict which Red Sea species are at present candidates for carrying out Lessepsian migration. Finally, an unresolved taxonomic dilemma is presented.

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