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Invading Sea Crab Reaches The Ebro Delta
2012-05-25 09:32:06

Originally endemic to the Atlantic Coast of North America, over the past 30 years Dyspanopeus sayi has been involuntarily introduced in the UK, France, the Netherlands, the Black Sea and the Adriatic Sea. A study shows that in recent years the sea crab has established itself along the Western Mediterranean Coast. A team of Spanish and German researchers have recorded the first American Dyspanopeus sayi sea crab in the bay of Els Alfacs in the Ebro Delta (Spain). Both sexes were captured...

Migration And Habitat Secrets Of Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Studied Through Tracking
2012-05-23 05:02:09

New fish-tagging studies of young bluefin tuna in Atlantic waters off New England by researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are offering the first fishery-independent, year-round data on dispersal patterns and habitat use for the popular game fish. The availability of miniaturized pop-up satellite tags suitable for smaller (two- to five-year-old) fish helped make the research possible. Fisheries oceanographer Molly Lutcavage and lead author Benjamin Galuardi say the work...

2012-04-25 11:38:38

Researchers at the University of Granada Department of Botanic have participated in an international study that has confirmed that global warming is causing plants to migrate to higher altitudes. The study, recently published in Science, analyzed species diversity shifts in 66 summits of 17 European ranges between 2001 and 2008. In the Iberian Peninsula, two target regions were selected in the Pyrenees (Ordesa) and Sierra Nevada (Granada). Researchers found that the species under study had...

2012-04-20 09:39:16

A pan-European study published in Science shows that mountain plants across the continent are moving to higher altitudes. This often results in raised species numbers on mountain tops, when colonizers from lower down start to dwell on the summits. This study, however, also shows that upward shifts can lead to a reduction in species richness. The paper is based on detailed surveys of 66 mountain summits distributed between the north of Europe and the southern Mediterranean Sea. An...

2012-03-02 13:12:47

Unprecedented study also finds fish teeming in fully protected areas Centuries of overexploitation of fish and other marine resources – as well as invasion of fish from the Red Sea – have turned some formerly healthy ecosystems of the Mediterranean Sea into barren places, an unprecedented study of the Mediterranean concludes. Research by an international team of scientists designed to measure the impact of marine reserves found that the healthiest places were in...

2012-02-09 11:29:14

Ocean fish farming is a growing industry that may need increased monitoring and regulation, and Google Earth can be a powerful tool to that end, according to a study published in the Feb. 8 issue of the online journal PLoS ONE. The researchers, led by Pablo Trujillo of the University of British Columbia, used Google Earth satellite images of the Mediterranean to identify sites and sizes of fish farms. They examined 91% of the Mediterranean coast and counted over 21,000 fish cages, the...


Latest Mediterranean Sea Reference Libraries

Hatpin Urchin, Centrostephanus longispinus
2013-11-14 12:05:28

The Hatpin Urchin (Centrostephanus longispinus) is a species of sea urchin belonging to the family Diadematidae. There are two subspecies, Centrostephanus l. longispinus, found in the eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea and Centrostephanus I. rubricingulus, found in the western Atlantic. In the year 1940, Mortenson believed that C. longispinus and C. rubricingulus were closely related species but that they could be distinguished due to the fact that C. longispinus has smaller and fewer...

North Atlantic Right Whale, Eubalaena glacialis
2013-08-26 11:17:56

The North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis), also known as the black right whale or the northern right whale, is one of three right whales in the Eubalaena genus. It can be found in a small population of about 396 individuals in the western North Atlantic. If it does occur in the eastern North Atlantic, experts assert that it only numbers in the tens, making it nearly extinct in that area. This species migrates into the western North Atlantic to feed in the spring, summer, and fall...

Astropecten jonstoni
2013-08-12 10:02:43

Astropecten jonstoni is a species of starfish that is classified within the Astropectinidae family that can only be found in the Mediterranean Sea. It prefers a habitat within sandy areas at depths between 3.2 and 39.3 feet. This species is unique in its shape, which highly resembles a star. Its upper side is typically clear with shades of greyish brown, turquoise-green, or light brown. It reaches a diameter between 2.7 and 3.1 inches, making it the smallest species in its family within the...

Adriatic Sea
2013-04-18 22:08:38

The Adriatic Sea is a body of water dividing the Italian Peninsula from the Balkan Peninsula and the Apennine Mountains from the Dinaric Alps and neighboring ranges. This sea is the northernmost arm of the Mediterranean Sea, stretching from the Strait of Otranto to the northwest and the Po Valley. It contains over 1300 islands, mainly located along the eastern, Croatian, coast. Its divided into three basins, the northern one being the shallowest and the southern one being the deepest; a...

Balearic Sea
2013-04-18 22:04:34

The Balearic sea, or otherwise known as the Iberian Sea, is a body of water located in the Mediterranean Sea near the Balearic Islands. Image Caption: Satellite Picture of the Balearic Sea. Credit: Serg!o/Wikipedia

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