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Quantitative data of a molluscan community living in Posidonia oceanica at the south coast of Crete, Greece.

Latest version published by Hellenic Center for Marine Research on Jan 2, 2023 Hellenic Center for Marine Research

The dataset contains abundance data of benthic molluscs collected in a Posidonia oceanica meadow in Plakias, SW Crete, Greece, eastern Mediterranean Sea. The sampling occurred in spring and autumn, along a depth transect with stations at 5, 10, 15 and 20 m, and separately for the leaf and rhizome strata. The minimum mesh size is 1 mm.


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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Martina Holzknecht & Paolo G. Albano, Mollusca from Posidonia oceanica meadow in Plakias, Crete, Greece (Eastern Mediterranean)


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Metadata; Posidonia oceanica;; Mollusca;; Lessepsian invasion;; Crete; Greece;; Levantine Basin


Who created the resource:

Martina Holzknecht
Department of Palaeontology, University of Vienna Althanstrasse 14 1090 VIENNA AT

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Paolo G. Albano
Senior Scientist
Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn Villa Comunale Naples IT

Who filled in the metadata:

Martina Holzknecht

Who else was associated with the resource:

Principal Investigator
Paolo G. Albano
Senior Scientist
Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn Villa Comunale Naples IT

Geographic Coverage

Plakias, SW Crete, Greece, eastern Mediterranean Sea.

Bounding Coordinates South West [35.068, 24.126], North East [35.264, 24.664]

Taxonomic Coverage

benthic molluscs collected in a Posidonia oceanica meadow in Plakias. Polyplacophora, Gastropoda, Bivalvia

Phylum  Mollusca

Temporal Coverage

Start Date 2017-05-01
Start Date 2017-09-30

Project Data

No Description available

Title “Historical ecology of Lessepsian migration” project
Funding Fieldwork was supported by the KWA–Kurzfristige Auslandstipendien of the University of Vienna. This research was conducted in the framework of the project “Historical ecology of Lessepsian migration” funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) P28983-B29 (PI: PGA). Martin Zuschin, University of Vienna, supported us throughout the whole project. The Mare Mundi and Dive2gether Marine Field Station in Crete hosted the team during fieldwork. Stefan Duijvestijn, Michael Holzknecht, Nadja Loferer and Denny Morchner supported sampling and lab work.

The personnel involved in the project:

Sampling Methods

SCUBA-Gear, Airlift-Sampler, Hand-nets, Stereomicroscopes

Study Extent Plakias Bay, Crete, Greece.

Method step description:

  1. The area sampled is 1 m2 for each replicate. Each station has 6 replicates.

Bibliographic Citations

  1. Martina Holzknecht & Paolo G. Albano The molluscan assemblage of a pristine Posidonia oceanica meadow in the eastern Mediterranean (2022)
  2. Albano P.G., Steger J., Bakker P.A.J., Bogi C., Bošnjak M., Guy-Haim T., Huseyinoglu M.F., LaFollette P.I., Lubinevsky H., Mulas M., Stockinger M., Azzarone M., Sabelli B., Numerous new records of tropical non-indigenous species in the Eastern Mediterranean highlight the challenges of their recognition and identification (2021)
  3. Steger J., Stockinger M., Ivkić A., Galil B.S. and Albano P.G., New records of non-indigenous molluscs from the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Bioinvasions Records (2018) 7(3): 245–257

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