Title: Recent strandings of the giant jellyfish Rhizostoma luteum Quoy and Gaimard, 1827 (Cnidaria: Scyphozoa: Rhizostomeae) on the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts
Authors: PRIETO LauraARMANI AndreaMACIAS MOY DIEGO
Citation: MARINE BIOLOGY
Publisher: SPRINGER
Publication Year: 2013
JRC N°: JRC83202
ISSN: 0025-3162
URI: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00227-013-2293-6
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC83202
DOI: 10.1007/s00227-013-2293-6
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: We present reports of sightings of living and stranded specimens of Rhizostoma luteum on the Atlantic coast of Morocco and along the south shore of the Iberian peninsula in June-July 2012 and in January-February 2013. During summer 2012 and following the dominant currents, the jellyfish first appeared in the Gulf of Cadiz west of the Strait of Gibraltar. Subsequently, 7 additional sightings were reported east of the Strait, in the Alboran Sea. In winter 2013, another event of stranded individuals of this species occurred in the Gulf of Cadiz. A phylogenetic analysis performed on the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase I gene sequence in specimens from both stranding events confirmed the morphological classification, ratifying that R. luteum differs from R. pulmo. This study records the presence of this species for the first time in 60 years.
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