Updated distribution of the holothuroid Synaptula reciprocans (Forskal, 1775) in the Mediterranean: does it follow shallow-water circulation patterns?

Chryssanthi Antoniadou
2009 Aquatic Invasions  
The Indo-Pacific holothurian, Synaptula reciprocans, entered the Mediterranean Sea through the Suez Canal and has spread along the Levantine coast. The present study reports the finding of flourishing populations off the Dodecanese and Cyclades islands, southeastern Aegean Sea. The species occurs on shallow rocky and sandy bottoms. Further research is needed to monitor its possible spread northwards and westwards and the ecological implications of its establishment.
doi:10.3391/ai.2009.4.2.9 fatcat:wxtqygofrfdixj2eyfvwsrl4lu