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Alien species in the Mediterranean Sea by 2010. A contribution to the application of European Union's Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). Part I. Spatial distribution
The state-of-art on alien species in the Mediterranean Sea is presented, making distinctions among the four subregions defined in the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive: (i) the WesternExpand
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Alien species in the Mediterranean Sea by 2012. A contribution to the application of European Union’s Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). Part 2. Introduction trends and pathways
More than 60 marine non-indigenous species (NIS) have been removed from previous lists and 84 species have been added, bringing the total to 986 alien species in the Mediterranean [775 in the easternExpand
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Cryptic speciation in a model invertebrate chordate
We applied independent species concepts to clarify the phylogeographic structure of the ascidian Ciona intestinalis, a powerful model system in chordate biology and for comparative genomic studies.Expand
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Biodiversity of the white coral reefs in the Ionian Sea (Central Mediterranean)
Three surveys were carried out off Cape Santa Maria di Leuca (Southern Italy). Samples were taken using an ‘ingegno’, trawl net and traps at 630–1100 m depth. The white coral biocoenosis in this areaExpand
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Alien species along the Italian coasts: an overview
We present a contribution to the knowledge of marine and brackish water alien species (infraspecific taxa included) recorded along the Italian coasts. The Italian Peninsula, with over 7,000 km ofExpand
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Occurrence of Paraleucilla magna (Porifera: Calcarea) in the Mediterranean Sea
The calcareous sponge Paraleucilla magna has been detected at different Mediterranean sites (Taranto, Porto Cesareo, Brindisi and Naples). Its record in well studied areas where several benthicExpand
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First geo-marine survey of living cold-water Lophelia reefs in the Ionian Sea (Mediterranean basin)
Prosperous deep coral mounds including living colonies of Lophelia pertusa together with Madrepora oculata and Desmophyllum dianthus (= D. cristagalli) have been discovered in 2000, by fisheryExpand
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Trophic relationships in a deep Mediterranean cold-water coral bank (Santa Maria di Leuca, Ionian Sea)
Cold-water corals (CWC) are frequently reported from deep sites with locally accelerated currents that enhance seabed food particle supply. Moreover, zooplankton likely account for ecologicallyExpand
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Biodiversity of the white coral bank off Cape Santa Maria di Leuca (Mediterranean Sea): An update
Abstract The biodiversity of the Santa Maria di Leuca (SML) coral bank is summarized and its description is updated using data collected by means of underwater video systems, benthic samplers andExpand
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Benthic habitat characterization and distribution from two representative sites of the deep-water SML Coral Province (Mediterranean)
Abstract Two sites (MS04 and MS06) from the Santa Maria di Leuca (SML) Coral Province were analyzed by a video and acoustic survey during the National Italian Project Apulian Plateau Bank EcosystemExpand
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