A biodiversity hotspot, the Mediterranean Sea hosts approximately 17 000 marine species, comprising about 630 (~3.7%) species of alien origin (with the exception of unicellular organisms) and their number is rapidly increasing (Coll et al., 2010). Among marine crustaceans, the greatest number of aliens recorded is found among the Decapoda. According to a recently updated list of alien marine crustaceans in the Mediterranean Sea, 70 species of alien decapods have been recorded, among which swimming crabs (Portunidae) constitute approximately 17% (12 species) (Galil, 2011). An additional alien species of portunid, Gonioinfradens paucidentatus (A. Milne-Edwards, 1861) was collected off Rhodes Island, in the southeastern Aegean Sea, in May 2010 (Corsini-Foka et al., 2010). Gonioinfradens paucidentatus is widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific, from the Red Sea (Balss, 1924; Spiridonov & Neumann, 2008) to Australia, Japan, New Caledonia, and French Polynesia (Apel & Spiridonov, 1998). The present paper reports finding the species along the Mediterranean coast of Turkey in 2009, approximately 140 km east of Rhodes. Two specimens, adult male and female, of G. paucidentatus were collected using SCUBA in Kaş-Kekova Specially Protected Area (SPA) (Antalya, southern Turkey) during a marine biodiversity survey in December 2009 (fig. 1). The specimens were
Crustaceana – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2012
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