New Jellyfish Species is Identified in the North Adriatic Sea - Live Science - Italy


Date

 

14.05.2014

Place

Venice, Italy

Media-type                 

Online Newspaper

Name of media

Live Science

Title

The Beautiful New Jellyfish Identified in the Gulf of Venice

Summary


A bloom of new jellyfish started appearing in the Gulf of Venice last autumn. They were first detected by a fisherman from Chioggia in north-east Italy when hundreds of the beautiful yellow species filled his nets. When photos of the new jellyfish started to filter through, it was immediately clear that we were dealing with a previously undescribed species.

The most interesting issue is that the North Adriatic sea is one of the most investigated areas of the world as there are several marine stations in the area. This means that it is impossible for such a conspicuous jellyfish with large population numbers to have remained unnoticed until now. Clearly, this jellyfish has been involuntarily introduced by humans. The Gulf of Venice is a renowned hotspot for bioinvasions in the Mediterranean Sea, which are often brought about through the ballast water of ships or when harvested species are transported for aquaculture purposes and additional, unwanted alien species are carried along with them.

By Stefano Piraino, University of Salento

Web

 

http://www.livescience.com/45586-the-beautiful-new-jellyfish-identified-in-the-gulf-of-venice.html

Institute

CNR-ISMAR

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16 January 2013

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