Unpublished mediterranean records of marine alien and cryptogenic species

Stelios Katsanevakis, Dimitris Poursanidis, Razy Hoffman, Jamila Rizgalla, Shevy Bat Sheva Rothman, Ya’Arit Levitt-Barmats, Louis Hadjioannou, Domen Trkov, Joxe Mikel Garmendia, Miraine Rizzo, Angela G. Bartolo, Michel Bariche, Fiona Tomas, Periklis Kleitou, Patrick J. Schembri, Demetris Kletou, Francesco Tiralongo, Christine Pergent, Gérard Pergent, Ernesto AzzurroMurat Bilecenoglu, Alice Lodola, Enric Ballesteros, Vasilis Gerovasileiou, Marc Verlaque, Anna Occhipinti-Ambrogi, Eleni Kytinou, Thanos Dailianis, Jasmine Ferrario, Fabio Crocetta, Carlos Jimenez, Julian Evans, Michail Ragkousis, Lovrenc Lipej, Joseph A. Borg, Charalampos Dimitriadis, Giorgos Chatzigeorgiou, Paolo G. Albano, Stefanos Kalogirou, Hocein Bazairi, Free Espinosa, Jamila Ben Souissi, Konstantinos Tsiamis, Fabio Badalamenti, Joachim Langeneck, Pierre Noel, Alan Deidun, Agnese Marchini, Grigorios Skouradakis, Laura Royo, Maria Sini, Carlo Nike Bianchi, Yassine Ramzi Sghaier, Raouia Ghanem, Nikos Doumpas, Jeanne Zaouali, Konstantinos Tsirintanis, Orestis Papadakis, Carla Morri, Melih Ertan Çinar, Jorge Terrados, Gianni Insacco, Bruno Zava, Emna Soufi-Kechaou, Luigi Piazzi, Khadija Ounifi Ben Amor, Emmanouil Andriotis, Maria Cristina Gambi, Mohamed Mourad Ben Amor, Joaquim Garrabou, Cristina Linares, Ana Fortič, Markos Digenis, Emma Cebrian, Maïa Fourt, Maria Zotou, Luca Castriota, Vincenzo Di Martino, Antonietta Rosso, Carlo Pipitone, Manuela Falautano, María García, Rym Zakhama-Sraieb, Faten Khamassi, Anna Maria Mannino, Mohamed Hédi Ktari, Ioanna Kosma, Mouna Rifi, Paraskevi K. Karachle, Sercan Yapıcı, Arthur R. Bos, Paolo Balistreri, Alfonso A.Ramos Esplá, Jonathan Tempesti, Omar Inglese, Ioannis Giovos, Dimitrios Damalas, Said Benhissoune, Mehmet Fatih Huseyinoglu, Wafa Rjiba-Bahri, Jorge Santamaría, Martina Orlando-Bonaca, Andres Izquierdo, Caterina Stamouli, Monica Montefalcone, Hasan Cerim, Raül Golo, Soultana Tsioli, Sotiris Orfanidis, Nikolas Michailidis, Martina Gaglioti, Ergün Taşkın, Emilio Mancuso, Ante Žunec, Ivan Cvitković, Halit Filiz, Rossana Sanfilippo, Apostolos Siapatis, Borut Mavrič, Sami Karaa, Ali Türker, Françoise Monniot, Jana Verdura, Najib El Ouamari, Mohamed Selfati, Argyro Zenetos

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Abstract

Good datasets of geo-referenced records of alien species are a prerequisite for assessing the spatio-temporal dynamics of biological invasions, their invasive potential, and the magnitude of their impacts. However, with the exception of first records on a country level or wider regions, observations of species presence tend to remain unpublished, buried in scattered repositories or in the personal databases of experts. Through an initiative to collect, harmonize and make such unpublished data for marine alien and cryptogenic species in the Mediterranean Sea available, a large dataset comprising 5376 records was created. It includes records of 239 alien or cryptogenic taxa (192 Animalia, 24 Plantae, 23 Chromista) from 19 countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. In terms of records, the most reported Phyla in descending order were Chordata, Mollusca, Chlorophyta, Arthropoda, and Rhodophyta. The most recorded species was Caulerpa cylindracea, followed by Siganus luridus, Magallana sp. (cf. gigas or angulata) and Pterois miles. The dataset includes records from 1972 to 2020, with the highest number of records observed in 2018. Among the records of the dataset, Dictyota acutiloba is a first record for the Mediterranean Sea. Nine first country records are also included: the alga Caulerpa taxifolia var. distichophylla, the cube boxfish Ostracion cubicus, and the cleaner shrimp Urocaridella pulchella from Israel; the sponge Paraleucilla magna from Libya and Slovenia; the lumpfish Cyclopterus lumpus from Cyprus; the bryozoan Celleporaria vermiformis and the polychaetes Prionospio depauperata and Notomastus aberans from Malta.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-182
Number of pages18
JournalBioInvasions Records
Volume9
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Citizen science
  • Distribution
  • Geo-referenced records
  • Invasive alien species
  • Mediterranean Sea
  • Non-indigenous
  • Non-native species

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