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Distribution and abundance of Eledone cirrhosa (Lamarck, 1798) and E. moschata (Lamarck, 1798) (Cephalopoda: Octopoda) in the Mediterranean Sea
Belcari, P.; Tserpes, G.; González, M.; Lefkaditou, E.; Marceta, B.; Piccinetti-Manfrin, G.; Souplet, A. (2002). Distribution and abundance of Eledone cirrhosa (Lamarck, 1798) and E. moschata (Lamarck, 1798) (Cephalopoda: Octopoda) in the Mediterranean Sea. Sci. Mar. (Barc.) 66(S2): 143-155.
In: Scientia Marina (Barcelona). Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas. Institut de Ciènces del Mar: Barcelona. ISSN 0214-8358; e-ISSN 1886-8134, more
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Abelló, P.; Bertrand, J.A.; Gil de Sola, L.; Papaconstantinou, C.; Relini, G.; Souplet, A. (2002). Mediterranean marine demersal resources: the MEDITS international trawl survey (1994-1999). Scientia Marina (Barcelona), 66(S2). Institut de Ciències del Mar: Barcelona. 280 pp., more
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    Fauna > Aquatic organisms > Aquatic animals > Shellfish > Marine organisms > Marine molluscs
    Hydrographic features > Marine areas > Oceans > Marine areas > Atlantic ocean > Mediterranean sea
    Mediterranean Sea
    Eledone cirrhosa (Lamarck, 1798) [WoRMS]; Eledone moschata (Lamarck, 1798) [WoRMS]
    Mediterranean [Marine Regions]

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  • Belcari, P.
  • Tserpes, G.
  • González, M.
  • Lefkaditou, E.
  • Marceta, B., more
  • Piccinetti-Manfrin, G.
  • Souplet, A.

    Information on distribution, abundance and size composition of the two octopods Eledone cirrhosa and E. moschata was obtained from the MEDITS trawl surveys, carried out in a wide area of the Mediterranean basin from 1994 to 1999. Both species showed a wide geographic distribution, as they were collected in all the major areas investigated.E. cirrhosa showed a wide depth distribution, down to the 800 m isobath, whileE. moschata was mostly restricted to within 200 m. Further analysis on spatio-temporal basis with a Generalised Linear Model, evidenced that differences among major areas, depth strata and their interaction were always significant. In the case of E. cirrhosa, differences among years and year-major area interaction were also significant. Two cohorts can be singled out in the size frequency distributions of E. cirrhosa, whereas only one mode can be clearly distinguished in most of the length distributions of E. moschata.

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