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Animal Biodiversity and Conservation. Volume 42.2 (2019) Pages: 253-256

Conservation status of Paramuricea clavata (Risso, 1826) (Anthozoa, Alcyonacea) in the Chafarinas Islands (Mediterranean Sea)

Sánchez-Tocino, L., de la Linde Rubio, A., López-Rodríguez, M. J., Tierno de Figueroa, J. M.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.32800/abc.2019.42.0253

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Abstract

The red gorgonian Paramuricea clavata (Risso, 1826) is affected by the combined effects of environmental stress factors and diseases in the Mediterranean area. Samplings at different depths in two sites of Chafarinas Islands (South–Western Mediterranean Sea) were carried out to quantify the degree of injuries on red gorgonian colonies. The results showed that shallow colonies displayed a higher rate of injuries than deep colonies. Overall, the conservation status of the population was worse than previously considered in this area.

Keywords

Red gorgonian, Paramuricea clavata, Health status, Northern Africa

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Sánchez-Tocino, L., de la Linde Rubio, A., López-Rodríguez, M. J., Tierno de Figueroa, J. M., 2019. Conservation status of Paramuricea clavata (Risso, 1826) (Anthozoa, Alcyonacea) in the Chafarinas Islands (Mediterranean Sea). Animal Biodiversity and Conservation, 42: 253-256, DOI: https://doi.org/10.32800/abc.2019.42.0253

Reception date:

25/10/2018

Acceptation date:

29/01/2019

Publication date:

04/06/2019

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