The Biodiversity of the Mediterranean Sea: Estimates, Patterns, and Threats

  title={The Biodiversity of the Mediterranean Sea: Estimates, Patterns, and Threats},
  author={M. Coll and Chiara Piroddi and J. Steenbeek and Kristin Kaschner and Frida Ben Rais Lasram and Jacopo Aguzzi and Enric Ballesteros and Carlo Nike Bianchi and Jordi Corbera and Thanos Dailianis and Roberto Danovaro and Marta Falc{\~a}o Estrada and Carlo Froglia and Bella Sarah Galil and Josep M Gasol and Ruthy Gertwagen and Jo{\~a}o Gil and François Guilhaumon and Kathleen Kesner-Reyes and M. -S. Kitsos and Athanasios Koukouras and Nikolaos Lampadariou and Elijah Laxamana and Carlos M. L{\'o}pez-F{\'e} de la Cuadra and Heike K Lotze and Daniel San Mart{\'i}n and David Mouillot and Daniel Oro and Sa{\vs}a Raicevich and Josephine Rius-Barile and Jos{\'e} Ignacio Saiz-Salinas and Carles San Vicente and Samuel Somot and Jos{\'e} Templado and X. Turon and Dimitris Vafidis and Roger Villanueva and Eleni Voultsiadou},
  booktitle={PloS one},
The Mediterranean Sea is a marine biodiversity hot spot. Here we combined an extensive literature analysis with expert opinions to update publicly available estimates of major taxa in this marine ecosystem and to revise and update several species lists. We also assessed overall spatial and temporal patterns of species diversity and identified major changes and threats. Our results listed approximately 17,000 marine species occurring in the Mediterranean Sea. However, our estimates of marine… CONTINUE READING
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