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Effects of the parasitic pea crab Afropinnotheres monodi Manning, 1993, on commercial bivalve species of the Iberian Peninsula: results of the AFROBIV project

AuthorsCuesta, José A. ; Pérez-Miguel, Marta; García Raso, J. Enrique; Navas, Jose I.; Drake, Pilar
Issue Date27-Sep-2019
PublisherFrontiers Media
CitationFrontiers in Marine Science (2019)
AbstractAfropinnotheres monodi Manning, 1993 is one of the many African crustaceans that have been recorded on the coasts of the Iberian Peninsula. This crab belongs to the Pinnotheridae, a family that comprises 303 species of small marine brachyuran decapods. Pinnotherids live as symbionts in other invertebrates, very often in the paleal cavity of bivalve molluscs. The main objective of this project has been to determine the effect of A. monodi on bivalves of commercial interest in the Iberian Peninsula, especially mussels (Mytilus galloprovincialis) and cockles (Cerastoderma spp.), which are the two species presenting the highest degree of infestation by this crab. In this study the distribution of A. monodi has been researched in the Gulf of Cádiz, and beyond its known limits (the south of Portugal and Strait of Gibraltar) to monitor its process of geographic expansion. Relevant aspects of its biology, that affect its reproductive success and dispersive capacity, have been also studied experimentally in order to predict the potential evolution of this species in the Iberian Peninsula.
DescriptionXX Iberian Symposium on Marine Biology Studies (SIEBM XX) , Braga, Portugal, 9 Sep - 12 Sep, 2019.
Publisher version (URL)https://doi.org/10.3389/conf.fmars.2019.08.00103
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