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Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science
  Year: 2017 | Volume: 12 | Issue: 2 | Page No.: 64-72
DOI: 10.3923/jfas.2017.64.72
 
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First Records of Onchidella celtica (Gastropoda: Pulmonata) from Atlantic Rocky Shores of Morocco

Abdellatif Chaouti, Abdeltif Reani, Marisa Silva, Meryem Hassouani, Zahira Belattmania, Aschwin Engelen, Vitor Vasconcelos and Brahim Sabour

Abstract:
Background: The littoral pulmonate gastropod Onchidella celtica (Cuvier, 1817) known as the celtic sea-slug is for the first time reported from five littoral locations on the Atlantic coast of Morocco. Methodology: Specimens, 72 in total of different sizes of O. celtica were collected during a sampling survey of epibiontic communities associated with algal communities, during low spring tides in June, 2013 and July, 2014 on intertidal rocky areas of these locations. Results: Descriptions based on specimens as well as morphometric and distributional informations are presented and discussed. Conclusion: These new records extend the known Northern geographical distribution range of the species and contributes to enhance the knowledge on ecology and global distribution of O. celtica found to date, only on Atlantic European coasts between British shores in the North and the Western Mediterranean, Azores and Madeira islands in the South.
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Abdellatif Chaouti, Abdeltif Reani, Marisa Silva, Meryem Hassouani, Zahira Belattmania, Aschwin Engelen, Vitor Vasconcelos and Brahim Sabour, 2017. First Records of Onchidella celtica (Gastropoda: Pulmonata) from Atlantic Rocky Shores of Morocco. Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science, 12: 64-72.

DOI: 10.3923/jfas.2017.64.72

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=jfas.2017.64.72

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