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Aliens associating with Caspian Sea endemic bivalves


Riedel, F and Audzijonyte, A and Mugue, N, Aliens associating with Caspian Sea endemic bivalves, Biological Invasions, 8, (5) pp. 1067-1071. ISSN 1387-3547 (2006) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s10530-005-5920-4


Endemic species of the Caspian Sea fauna and flora are potentially and actually threatened by invasive species, particularly since the opening of the Volga-Don Shipping Canal in 1952. While the invaders are more or less known, their impact on the Caspian ecosystem is poorly understood, maybe with few exceptions such as the impact by the immigrated ctenophore Mnomiopsis leidyl. Here we describe the association of the invasive cirripedian crustacean Balanus improvisus and the cheilostomate bryozoan Conopeum seurati with the limnocardiid bivalve Didacna sp. endemic to the Caspian Sea. The description represents only the first step towards an understanding of the interactions between the invasive and endemic species.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Caspian Sea, biological invaders, epizoans, endemic bivalves, limnocardiids
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Ecological applications
Research Field:Biosecurity science and invasive species ecology
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Coastal and estuarine systems and management
Objective Field:Coastal or estuarine biodiversity
UTAS Author:Audzijonyte, A (Dr Asta Audzijonyte)
ID Code:121158
Year Published:2006
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2017-09-12
Last Modified:2017-11-20

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