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First record of the non-indigenous Melita nitida Smith, 1873 (Crustacea: Amphipoda: Melitidae) in the Bay of Biscay (NE Atlantic)
Gouillieux, B.; Lavesque, N.; Blanchet, H.; Bachelet, G. (2016). First record of the non-indigenous Melita nitida Smith, 1873 (Crustacea: Amphipoda: Melitidae) in the Bay of Biscay (NE Atlantic). Bioinvasions Records 5(2): 85-92. https://hdl.handle.net/10.3391/bir.2016.5.2.05
In: Bioinvasions Records. Regional Euro-Asian Biological Invasions Centre (REABIC): Helsinki. ISSN 2242-1300; e-ISSN 2242-1300, more
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Author keywords
    non-indigenous species; Arcachon Bay; Hossegor Lake; Gironde Estuary; oyster transfer

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  • Gouillieux, B.
  • Lavesque, N.
  • Blanchet, H.
  • Bachelet, G., more

Abstract
    The non-native amphipod Melita nitida Smith, 1873 was collected between 2013 and 2016 in Arcachon Bay, Hossegor Lake and the Gironde Estuary (SW France) in intertidal oyster reefs and under stones. This species, native to the Atlantic coast of North America, is considered as a non-indigenous species on the Pacific coast of North America. Recently, the presence of M. nitida was reported in Europe, both in The Netherlands and in Germany. This species may have been accidentally introduced to Arcachon Bay with oyster transfers. An identification key for species belonging to the genus Melita and closely related species in European waters is also provided.

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