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Chaetozone corona (Polychaeta, Cirratulidae) in the Bay of Biscay: a new alien species for the North-east Atlantic waters?

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 April 2016

Vincent Le Garrec*
Université de Brest, CNRS, UMS 3113, Observatoire, Séries Faune-Flore, OSU-IUEM, Rue Dumont d'Urville, 29280 Plouzané, France
Jacques Grall
Université de Brest, CNRS, UMS 3113, Observatoire, Séries Faune-Flore, OSU-IUEM, Rue Dumont d'Urville, 29280 Plouzané, France
Claire Chevalier
ACRI-HE, 1 Place de Strasbourg, 29200 Brest, France
Benjamin Guyonnet
TBM Environnement, 6 Rue Ty Mad, 56400 Auray, France
Jérôme Jourde
Université de La Rochelle, CNRS, UMR 7266, Observatoire de la Biodiversité Faune et Flore des Pertuis Charentais (OBIONE), 2 Rue Olympe de Gouges, 17000 La Rochelle, France
Nicolas Lavesque
Université de Bordeaux, CNRS, EPOC, UMR 5805, Station Marine d'Arcachon, 2 Rue du Professeur Jolyet, 33120 Arcachon, France
Paulo Bonifácio
IFREMER, Institut Carnot, EDROME, Centre Bretagne, REM EEP, Laboratoire Environnement Profond, ZI de la Pointe du Diable, CS 10070, F-29280 Plouzané, France
James A. Blake
Aquatic Research & Consulting, 24 Hitty Tom Road, Duxbury, MA 02332, USA
Correspondence should be addressed to:V. Le Garrec, Université de Brest, CNRS, UMS 3113, Observatoire, Séries Faune-Flore, OSU-IUEM, Rue Dumont d'Urville, 29280 Plouzané, France email:


The cirratulid species Chaetozone corona is reported for the first time from the North-east Atlantic waters. Several specimens were collected during oceanographic surveys between 1996 and 2015 from soft bottom habitats along the coasts of Brittany (Western France). This species, originally described from the coast of California, was recently recorded for the first time from the Mediterranean Sea. We hypothesize that this species could have been recently introduced to the Atlantic coasts of Europe and colonized the northern coast of Bay of Biscay from the Loire estuary to the Iroise Sea. We discuss the potential vectors of introduction and the main environmental factors that could explain its current distribution. An identification key to all the known North-east Atlantic species of Chaetozone is given.

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Copyright © Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 2016 

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