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Published: 2020-12-28

Distribution of Sabellaria alveolata (Polychaeta Sabellariidae) in the Mediterranean Sea: update and new findings

Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences, University of Catania, Corso Italia 57, 95129 Catania, Italy
Department of Biology, Ecology and Earth Sciences, University of Calabria, Via Bucci, cubo 15b, 87036 Rende, Cosenza, Italy
Museo di Storia Naturale di Comiso, Via degli Studi 9, 97013 Comiso, Italy
Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences, University of Catania, Corso Italia 57, 95129 Catania, Italy
Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences, University of Catania, Corso Italia 57, 95129 Catania, Italy
Museo di Storia Naturale di Comiso, Via degli Studi 9, 97013 Comiso, Italy
Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences, University of Catania, Corso Italia 57, 95129 Catania, Italy
Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences, University of Catania, Corso Italia 57, 95129 Catania, Italy
Annelida Polychaeta Sabellariidae

Abstract

An update of the geographical distribution of the sabellariid polychaete Sabellaria alveolata (Linnaeus, 1767) within the Mediterranean Sea is provided after checking the known literature. This shallow-water, reef-forming species is first recorded from new sites in southeastern Sicily, both along the Sicily Straits and the Ionian Sea, from where S. alveolata was so far unknown.

These new collections also provided material for a detailed description and SEM documentation of morphological features of the operculum and the body.

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