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First record of small tropical calanoid copepod Parvocalanus crassirostris (Copepoda, Calanoida, Paracalanidae) in the Adriatic Sea

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O. VIDJAK, N. BOJANIĆ, Ž. NINČEVIĆ GLADAN, S. SKEJIĆ, B. SKEJIĆ, B. GRBEC
O. VIDJAK, N. BOJANIĆ, Ž. NINČEVIĆ GLADAN, S. SKEJIĆ, B. SKEJIĆ, B. GRBEC

Abstract


In December 2014 the adult females and copepodites of alien paracalanid copepod Parvocalanus crassirostris were identified in the Central Adriatic port of Šibenik. The most probable transmission vector for this small copepod were ballast waters from the cargo ships that are regularly discharged at these locations. This paper is focused on P. crassirostris morphology and the state of population in the port of Šibenik. The possible path of introduction of Parvocalanus crassirostris into the Adriatic Sea is also discussed.


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Parvocalanus crassirostris, marine copepods, alien species, ballast waters, Adriatic Sea.

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