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Title: First documented record of the invasive cockle Fulvia fragilis (Forsskal in Niebuhr, 1775) (Mollusca: Bivalvia: Cardiidae) in Libya
Author(s): Rizgalla, Jamila
Shinn, Andrew P
Crocetta, Fabio
Keywords: Mollusca
Lessepsian species
ballast
migrant
Tripoli Harbour
Issue Date: 2019
Citation: Rizgalla J, Shinn AP & Crocetta F (2019) First documented record of the invasive cockle Fulvia fragilis (Forsskal in Niebuhr, 1775) (Mollusca: Bivalvia: Cardiidae) in Libya. Bioinvasions Records, 8 (2), pp. 314-319. https://doi.org/10.3391/bir.2019.8.2.13
Abstract: The occurrence of the fragile cockle Fulvia fragilis (Forsskål in Niebuhr, 1775) in Libyan coastal waters (south-eastern Mediterranean Sea) is reported here for the first time based on the collection of twenty-nine live specimens from the shoreline in close vicinity to Tripoli Harbour, situated to the west of the country. The present record fills a gap in the geographic range of F. fragilis – its occurrence is already documented from the neighbouring territories of Egypt, Italy, Malta, and Tunisia. Although there are no certainties regarding the precise arrival date of this non-native bivalve in Libyan coastal waters, its presence within the environs of Tripoli Harbour might allude to its facilitated spread through ballast water from commercial shipping activity.
DOI Link: 10.3391/bir.2019.8.2.13
Rights: Copyright: © Rizgalla et al. This is an open access article distributed under terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (Attribution 4.0 International - CC BY 4.0 - https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

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