Fauna of the Mediterranean Hydrozoa.

Authors

  • Jean Bouillon Laboratoire de Biologie Marine, Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • María Dolores Medel Departamento de Fisiología y Zoología, Facultad de Biologia, Universidad de Sevilla
  • Francesc Pagès Institut de Ciències del Mar (CSIC)
  • Josep María Gili Institut de Ciències del Mar (CSIC)
  • Ferdinando Boero Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Biologiche ed Ambientali, Stazione di Biologia Marina, Università di Lecce
  • Cinzia Gravili Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Biologiche ed Ambientali, Stazione di Biologia Marina, Università di Lecce

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3989/scimar.2004.68s25

Keywords:

Hydrozoa, hydromedusae, hydropolyps, siphonophores, taxonomy, systematics, fauna, Mediterranean

Abstract


This study provides a systematic account of the hydrozoan species collected up to now in the Mediterranean Sea. All species are described, illustrated and information on morphology and distribution is given for all of them. This work is the most complete fauna of hydrozoans made in the Mediterranean. The fauna includes planktonic hydromedusae, benthic polyps stages and the siphonophores. The Hydrozoa are taken as an example of inconspicuous taxa whose knowledge has greatly progressed in the last decades due to the scientific research of some specialists in the Mediterranean area. The number of species recorded in the Mediterranean almost doubled in the last thirty years and the number of new records is still increasing. The 457 species recorded in this study represents the 12% of the world known species. The fauna is completed with classification keys and a glossary of terms with the main purpose of facilitating the identification of all Meditrranean hydrozoan species

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Published

2004-10-30

How to Cite

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Bouillon J, Medel MD, Pagès F, Gili JM, Boero F, Gravili C. Fauna of the Mediterranean Hydrozoa. scimar [Internet]. 2004Oct.30 [cited 2020Dec.1];68(S2):5-438. Available from: http://scientiamarina.revistas.csic.es/index.php/scientiamarina/article/view/429

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