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First record of the alien gastropod Melibe fimbriata (Opistobranchia: Tethyidae) in the Taranto seas (Mediterranean Sea)
Carriglio, D.; Fanelli, G.; Rubino, F. (2004). First record of the alien gastropod Melibe fimbriata (Opistobranchia: Tethyidae) in the Taranto seas (Mediterranean Sea). J. Mar. Biol. Ass. U.K. 84(5): 1067-1068
In: Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. Cambridge University Press/Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom: Cambridge. ISSN 0025-3154, more
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Keywords
    Introduced species; Marine molluscs; New records; Melibe fimbriata Alder & Hancock, 1864 [WoRMS]; Mollusca [WoRMS]; [WoRMS]; Tethyidae Gray, 1848 [WoRMS]; MED, Italy, Taranto Gulf [Marine Regions]; Marine

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  • Carriglio, D.
  • Fanelli, G.
  • Rubino, F.

Abstract
    The first occurrence of the alien gastropod Melibe fimbriata in the Taranto marine coastal area is reported. This mollusc was observed on muddy bottoms covered with dense algal beds mainly composed of Chaetomorpha linum, Gracilariaspp. and the invasive chlorophyta Caulerpa racemosa. Occasionally, M. fimbriata specimens were found in proximity to mussel farms. Most specimens of M. fimbriata were observed during diurnal foraging activity and associated with anaspideans species, like native Aplysia depilans and the lessepsian immigrant Bursatella leachii. Melibe fimbriata can be considered a definitively resident species in the opistobranch fauna of the Taranto seas.

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