Cryptic species in marine polychaete and their independent introduction from North America to Europe.

@article{Bastrop1998CrypticSI,
  title={Cryptic species in marine polychaete and their independent introduction from North America to Europe.},
  author={Ralf Bastrop and Karl J{\"u}rss and Christian Sturmbauer},
  journal={Molecular biology and evolution},
  year={1998},
  volume={15 2},
  pages={97-103}
}
The vast body of ballast water carried across oceans by freight ships represents a major source for the introduction of foreign species into marine ecosystems. The worm Marenzelleria viridis, originally found only in North America, appeared in estuaries of the North Sea in 1979 and 6 years later also in the Baltic, where it has developed into a major faunal element. Two competing hypotheses are discussed here: either both populations owe their presence to a single introductory event in the… CONTINUE READING
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