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The Australian distribution of the introduced sphaeromatid isopod, Paracerceis sculpta


Hewitt, CL and Campbell, ML, The Australian distribution of the introduced sphaeromatid isopod, Paracerceis sculpta, Crustaceana, 17 pp. 925-936. ISSN 0011-216X (2001) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1163/15685400152682674


The sphaeromatid isopod, Paracerceis sculpta, identified for the first time in Australia at Townsville, Queensland, in 1982 (from a collection made in 1975) is a native of the Pacific Coast of North and Central America and has a wide global introduced distribution. We report on the distribution of P. sculpta in Australia based primarily on a series of port surveys specifically designed to detect introduced fauna and supplemented by museum records. Based on its current distribution and the local abundance at specific sites, P. sculpta is primarily associated with and likely to be transported by hull fouling, although it may rarely be transported by ballast water. Paracerceis sculpta is likely to continue its expansion in Australian waters either through coastal (domestic) translocations or directly from overseas.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Oceanic processes (excl. in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean)
UTAS Author:Hewitt, CL (Professor Chad Hewitt)
UTAS Author:Campbell, ML (Associate Professor Marnie Campbell)
ID Code:46913
Year Published:2001
Web of Science® Times Cited:21
Deposited By:Australian Maritime College
Deposited On:2008-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-03

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