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Mollusca fauna from the Mediterranean reef ecosystem (1170 habitat)

Latest version published by Hellenic Center for Marine Research on Feb 23, 2023 Hellenic Center for Marine Research

This dataset contains occurrence records of infralittoral molluscs from several locations in the Mediterranean basin. These data come from available data, published papers in scientific journals as well as free available PhD thesis, dating back to 1969.

Data Records

The data in this sampling event resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 22 records. 1 extension data tables also exist. An extension record supplies extra information about a core record. The number of records in each extension data table is illustrated below.

  • Event (core)
  • Occurrence 

This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.


Download the latest version of this resource data as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A) or the resource metadata as EML or RTF:

Data as a DwC-A file download 22 records in English (64 KB) - Update frequency: unknown
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Metadata as an RTF file download in English (12 KB)


The table below shows only published versions of the resource that are publicly accessible.

How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Dimitris Poursanidis & Drosos Koutsoubas (2015). Mollusca fauna from the Mediterranean reef ecosystem (1170) – the zone of the photophilic algae.


Researchers should respect the following rights statement:

The publisher and rights holder of this work is Hellenic Center for Marine Research. To the extent possible under law, the publisher has waived all rights to these data and has dedicated them to the Public Domain (CC0 1.0). Users may copy, modify, distribute and use the work, including for commercial purposes, without restriction.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: ca8b71cb-8723-4f30-9810-2144450514c4.  Hellenic Center for Marine Research publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by Ocean Biodiversity Information System.


Occurrence; infralittoral zone; Mediterranean; rocky shores; 1170 habitat; photophilic algae


Who created the resource:

Dimitris Poursanidis
Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas Nikolaou Plastira 100, Vassilika Vouton 700 13 Heraklion Crete GR +302810391774

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Dimitris Poursanidis
Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas Nikolaou Plastira 100, Vassilika Vouton 700 13 Heraklion Crete GR +302810391774

Who filled in the metadata:

Dimitris Poursanidis
Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas Nikolaou Plastira 100, Vassilika Vouton 700 13 Heraklion Crete GR +302810391774

Who else was associated with the resource:

Content Provider
Dimitris Poursanidis
Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas Nikolaou Plastira 100, Vassilika Vouton 700 13 Heraklion Crete GR +302810391774
Principal Investigator
Drosos Koutsoubas
University of the Aegean,Department of Marine Sciences School of Environment 81100 Mytilini North Aegean GR
Custodian Steward
Stamatina Nikolopoulou
Research Technician
Hellenic Centre for Marine Research - Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture

Geographic Coverage

Mediterranean Sea

Bounding Coordinates South West [30.27, -7.01], North East [46.1, 35.49]

Taxonomic Coverage

No Description available

Class  Gastropoda,  Bivalvia,  Polyplacophora

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1969-01-01 / 2014-01-01

Sampling Methods

Analysis of published papers in scientific journals and free available PhD thesis, dating back to 1969, the common equipment used was Scraping / Underwater sucker.

Study Extent Mediterranean basin
Quality Control Each paper's species list has been check for the update systematics by using the WORMS match taxon tool.

Method step description:

  1. For the assemble of the species list, a detailed search in SCOPUS and WEB OF SCIENCE literature databases as well as cross check within the publications has been followed. The species list per paper, have been indexed in an excel spreadsheet.

Bibliographic Citations

  1. M. Antit, A. Daoulatli, J.L. Rueda, C. Salas, 2013. Temporal variation of the algae-associated molluscan assemblage of artificial substrata in Bay of Tunis (Tunisia). Medit. Mar. Sci., 14/2, 390-402
  2. Antoniadou, C., Koutsoubas, D., Chintiroglou, C., 2005. Molluscan fauna from infralittoral hard substrate assemblages in the North Aegean Sea. Belgian Journal of Zoology, 135 (2): 119 -126
  3. Antoniadou,C., Voultsiadou, E., & C. Chintiroglou. 2006. Sublittoral megabenthos along cliffs of different profile (Aegean Sea, Eastern Mediterranean). Belg. J. Zool., 136 (1) : 69-79
  4. F. Badalamenti, R. Chemello, G. D’Anna, P. Henriquez Ramos, and S. Riggio. 2002. Are artificial reefs comparable to neighbouring natural rocky areas? A mollusc case study in the Gulf of Castellammare (NW Sicily). ICES Journal of Marine Science, 59: S127–S1
  5. Chemello, R., Milazzo, M., 2002. Effect of algal architecture on associated fauna: some evidence from phytal mollusks. Marine Biology 140, 981–990
  6. Denada Kasemi, Sajmir Beqiraj, Stela Ruci. 2008. Macrozoobenthos os the rocky coasts of Vlora, Albania. NATURA MONTENEGRINA, 7(2): 133-143
  7. 1978, Kocataş,A.İzmir Körfezi Kayalık Sahillerinin Bentk Formları Üzerinde Kalitatif ve Kantitatif Araştırmalar. (Contribution a l'Etude des peuplements des horizons superieurs de substrat rocheux du Golfe d'İzmir (Turquie)).E.Ü. Fen Fak. Monog.Ser.12.1-93
  8. Milazzo, M., Chemello, R., Badalamenti, F., Riggio, S., 2000. Molluscan assemblages associated with photophilous algae in the Marine Reserve of Ustica Island (Lower Tyrrhenian Sea, Italy). The Italian Journal of Zoology 67 (3), 287–295
  9. Miloslavich P, Cruz-Motta JJ, Klein E, Iken K, Weinberger V, et al. (2013) Large-Scale Spatial Distribution Patterns of Gastropod Assemblages in Rocky Shores. PLoS ONE 8(8): e71396. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0071396
  10. V. PITACCO, M. ORLANDO-BONACA, B. MAVRIČ, A. POPOVIĆ, L. LIPEJ, 2014. Mollusc fauna associated with the Cystoseira algal associations in the Gulf of Trieste (Northern Adriatic Sea). Med. Mar. Sci
  11. Poulicek, M. (1985). Les mollusques des biocénoses à algues photophiles en Méditerranée. 2. Analyse du peuplement = The mollusks of photophilous algae communities: 2. Community analysis. Cah. Biol. Mar. 26(2): 127-136
  12. Terlizzi, A., Scuderi, D., Fraschetti, S., Guidetti, P., Boero, F., 2003. Molluscs on subtidal cliffs: patterns of spatial distribution. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK 83, 165–172
  13. Terlizzi, A., Scuderi, D., Fraschetti, S. and Anderson, M.J. 2005. Quantifying effects of pollution on biodiversity: a case study of highly diverse molluscan assemblages in the Mediterranean. Marine Biology 148: 293-305
  14. Bellan-Santini, D., 1969. Contribution a l’étude des peuplements infralittoraux sur substrat rocheux. Thèse Université Aix-Marseille, 294 pp
  15. Huelin, M.F. & Ros, J. 1984. Els molluscs marins de les illes Medes. In "Els Sistemes Naturals de les Illes Medes", J. Ros et al. (eds), Arxius Secció Ciències 73, 457–504
  16. Simboura, N., Zenetos, A., Thessalou-Legaki, M., Pancucci, M.-A. and Nicolaidou, A. (1995), Benthic Communities of the lnfralittoral in the N. Sporades (Aegean Sea): a Variety of Biotopes Encountered and Analysed. Marine Ecology, 16: 283–306. doi: 10.1111
  17. J.E. Sanchez-Moyano, F.J. Estacio, E.M. Garcia-Adiego, and J.C. Garcia-Gomez. The Molluscan epifauna of the alga Haloptris scoparia in souther Spain as Bioindicator of coastal enviromental conditions. J.Moll.Stud.2000,66,431-448
  18. Antit, M., Azzouna, A., 2012. Mollusques des milieu littoraux de la baie de Tunis. Iberus, 30(2), 107-133
  19. Antoniadou C, Chintiroglou C Zoobenthos associated with the invasive red alga Womersleyella setacea (Rhodomelacea) in the northern Aegean Sea. J Mar Biol Ass UK. 2007; 87: 629–641
  20. Chemello R. & Russo G.F. 1998 The molluscan taxocoene of photophilic algae from the Island of Lampedusa (strait of Sicily, southern Mediterranean). Bollettino Malacologico 33 (5-8): 95-104
  21. Trono D. 2006 Nuovi dati sulla malacofauna del Salento (Puglia meridionale). Bollettino Malacologico 42 (5-8): 58-84
  22. Villari A., 1993. Contributo alla conoscenza della malacofauna di "Isola Bella" Taormina Sicilia. Lavori S.I.M., XXIV): 285-295

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers ca8b71cb-8723-4f30-9810-2144450514c4