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Distribution and abundance of postlarval and juvenile Pleuragramma antarcticum (Pisces, Nototheniidae) off Terra Nova Bay (Ross Sea, Antarctica)
The northern part of Terra Nova Bay seems to represent nursery ground of early stages of P. antarcticum and the presence of permanent polynya could provide favourable food conditions for development of the first stages of life. Expand
Characteristics of a black coral meadow in the twilight zone of the central Mediterranean Sea
The hard substrata of the Mediterranean twilight zone commonly host the large, white, branched Antipathella subpinnata (Antipatharia, Myriopathidae). We discovered one of the largest populations ofExpand
The first identified winter feeding ground of fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus) in the Mediterranean Sea
A 14-day boat survey was carried out in the waters surrounding the island of Lampedusa, where fin whales occur at this time of the year, and the information obtained suggests that this area may be an important winter feeding ground for fin whales. Expand
Ichthyoplankton abundance and distribution in the Ross Sea during 1987–1996
During Italian expeditions, ichthyoplankton was collected in the Ross Sea and Terra Nova Bay, by BIONESS and Hamburg Plankton Net and a total of 394,453 fish larvae representing 46 species, 27 genera and 9 families were collected. Expand
Observations on distribution and biology of Galeus melastomus (Chondrichthyes, Scyliorhinidae) in the southern Tyrrhenian Sea (central Mediterranean)
Le chien espagnol Galeus melastomus Rafinesque, 1810, est couramment capture en mer Tyrrhenienne meridionale, mais des differences significatives dans the composition of the population ont ete observees en fonction des saisons et de the profondeur. Expand
Diving behavior of the giant devil ray in the Mediterranean Sea
The giant devil ray Mobula mobular is the only mobulid species regularly present in the Mediterranean Sea. The spatial ecology and biology of this species are poorly known, and given its high bycatchExpand
Deep Coral Oases in the South Tyrrhenian Sea
The recorded coral β-diversity among the shoals supports the hypothesis that these habitats behave like small oases of hard substrata interspersed in a muddy bottom, and stresses the need of specific actions aimed at the urgent protection of these oasis of biodiversity. Expand
Geographical distribution, abundance and some population characteristics of the species of the genus Pagellus (Osteichthyes: Perciformes) in different areas of the Mediterranean*
Throughout the studied area, P. erythrinus was mainly distributed on the continental shelf, with remarkable abundance indices in the eastern part of the Mediterranean and in Corsica´s waters, and mean total lengths showed a highly significant decreasing trend from the western to the eastern geographical sectors. Expand
Coral assemblage off the Calabrian Coast (South Italy) with new observations on living colonies of Antipathes dichotoma
This finding of a small population of the black coral Antipathes dichotoma in the deep waters off the Calabrian coast completes the systematic picture of the oldest-described antipatharian species, giving an account of the living colonies and polyps, their cnidome and the habitat of the species. Expand
Implementing and Innovating Marine Monitoring Approaches for Assessing Marine Environmental Status
Several recently developed methodologies and technologies to improve marine biodiversity indicators and monitoring methods can present clear advantages in accuracy, efficiency and cost. Expand