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Racing across the Mediterranean—first record of Percnon gibbesi (Crustacea: Decapoda: Grapsidae) in Greece

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  11 February 2009

S. Cannicci
Affiliation:
Department of Animal Biology and Genetics, University of Firenze, Via Romana 17, I-50125, Firenze, Italy
L. Garcia
Affiliation:
Balearic Museum of Natural Sciences of Sóller, Majorca, POB 55, Balearic Islands 07100, Spain
B.S. Galil*
Affiliation:
National Institute of Oceanography, Israel Oceanographic & Limnological Research, POB 8030, Haifa 31080, Israel
*
Correspondence should be addressed to: B.S. Galil, National Institute of Oceanography, Israel Oceanographic & Limnological Research, POB 8030, Haifa 31080, Israel email: Bella@ocean.org.il
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Abstract

A grapsid crab, Percnon gibbesi, is the most invasive decapod species to enter the Mediterranean. The vessel-transported crab spread within a few years from the Balearic Islands to the Tyrrhenian and Ionian coasts of Italy. In the summer of 2005 it was recorded for the first time from Greece. Its presence in the little frequented island of Antikythira possibly points to the role of recreational vessels as vectors of marine alien species.

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Copyright © Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 2006

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