Conservation status of Paramuricea clavata (Risso, 1826) (Anthozoa, Alcyonacea) in the Chafarinas Islands (Mediterranean Sea)

Sánchez–Tocino, L.  de la Linde Rubio, A.  López–Rodríguez, M. J.  Tierno de Figueroa, J. M. 

DOI: https://doi.org/10.32800/abc.2019.42.0253

Abstract

The red gorgonian Paramuricea clavata (Risso, 1826) is affected by the combined effects of environmental stress factors and diseases in the Mediterranean area. Samplings at different depths in two sites of Chafarinas Islands (South–Western Mediterranean Sea) were carried out to quantify the degree of injuries on red gorgonian colonies. The results showed that shallow colonies displayed a higher rate of injuries than deep colonies. Overall, the conservation status of the population was worse than previously considered in this area.

Key words

Red gorgonian, Paramuricea clavata, Health status, Northern Africa

Reception date: 25 X 18  |   Acceptation date: 29 I 19  |   Publication date: 04 VI 19

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