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Continued expansion of Percnon gibbesi (Crustacea: Decapoda: Plagusiidae) into western Mediterranean waters

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  15 March 2010

F.C. Félix-Hackradt*
Affiliation:
Departamento de Ecología e Hydrología, University of Murcia, Campus Espinardo 30100, Murcia, Spain CAPES PhD Scholarship
C.W. Hackradt
Affiliation:
Departamento de Ecología e Hydrología, University of Murcia, Campus Espinardo 30100, Murcia, Spain CNPq PhD Scholarship
J. Treviño-Otón
Affiliation:
Departamento de Ecología e Hydrología, University of Murcia, Campus Espinardo 30100, Murcia, Spain
J.A. García-Charton
Affiliation:
Departamento de Ecología e Hydrología, University of Murcia, Campus Espinardo 30100, Murcia, Spain
*
Correspondence should be addressed to: F.C. Félix-Hackradt, Department of Ecology and Hydrobiology, University of Murcia, Campus Espinardo 30100 Murcia, Spain email: fabiana.cezar@um.es
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Abstract

Since its first record in Spanish waters in 2000, Percnon gibbesi has expanded its distribution southwards. In the summer of 2009 it was observed in the south-east Mediterranean Sea including inside a marine reserve. Its widespread presence during the last year in many coastal sites of the Murcia Region indicates its fast colonization ability and the potential risk of competition and displacement of native crab species, which should be studied carefully.

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Copyright © Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 2010

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