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Alien facelinid nudibranchs in the Eastern Mediterranean: first report of Phidiana militaris (Alder and Hancock, 1864) and report of Caloria indica (Bergh, 1896) 30 years after its previous sighting
Rothman, S.B.S.; Mienis, H.K.; Galil, B.S. (2017). Alien facelinid nudibranchs in the Eastern Mediterranean: first report of Phidiana militaris (Alder and Hancock, 1864) and report of Caloria indica (Bergh, 1896) 30 years after its previous sighting. Bioinvasions Records 6(2): 125-128. https://hdl.handle.net/10.3391/bir.2017.6.2.06
In: Bioinvasions Records. Regional Euro-Asian Biological Invasions Centre (REABIC): Helsinki. ISSN 2242-1300; e-ISSN 2242-1300, more
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Keyword
    Marine
Author keywords
    Erythraean invasion, Mediterranean, Suez Canal, Red Sea, non-indigenous species

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  • Rothman, S.B.S.
  • Mienis, H.K.
  • Galil, B.S., more

Abstract
    Two conspicuously-colored facelinid nudibranchs, wide spread in the Indo-West Pacific Ocean, were recently sighted off the Israeli Mediterranean coastline. We report the occurrence of Phidiana militaris (Alder and Hancock, 1864) off a sunken submarine in Haifa Bay – the first record of the species in the Mediterranean Sea. A recent sighting of Caloria indica (Bergh, 1896) off northern Israel, previously known from two individuals recorded in the late 1980s, may indicate a separate introduction or the spread of a cryptic, local, self-propagating population.

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