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Colonization of the eastern Mediterranean by Red Sea cumaceans, with the description of a new species
Jordi Corbera and Bella S. Galil

In samples collected in the course of the national monitoring programme, two interesting cumacean species were collected on the shallow bottoms (6-14 m) of Haifa Bay, Israel. Scherocumella gurneyi, previously known from the Red Sea and the Suez Canal, is recorded for the first time in the Mediterranean Sea. Eocuma rosae is described as a species new to science. Diagnostic characters such as its flattened carapace bearing a sharp marginal carina, the pair of anteriorly-curved acute horns and the pair of dorsal carinae, place E. rosae with other species of the same genus known from the Indo-Pacific Ocean. It is suggested it entered the Mediterranean through the Suez Canal.

Keywords: Cumacea, Scherocumella, Eocuma, new species,p alien, Erythrean invaders, Red Sea, Mediterranean.
Contents of this volume Sci. Mar. 71(1) : 29-36 Back PDF
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