Original paper

First record of epizoic algae Polysiphonia carettia Hollenberg, on loggerhead sea turtles in the Gulf of Gabès (Central Mediterranean Sea)


Karaa, Sami; Báez, José Carlos ; Flores-Moya, Antonio; Jribi, Imed; Bradai, Mohamed Nejmeddinne

Algological Studies (2000)

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published online: Apr 7, 2017
manuscript accepted: Jun 27, 2016
manuscript revision received: Jan 1, 2000
manuscript revision requested: Jan 1, 2000
manuscript received: Dec 21, 2015

DOI: 10.1127/algol_stud/2016/0262

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Abstract

Abstract This is the first record of the red alga Polysiphonia carettia Hollenberg (Rhodomeleaceae) in the Gulf of Gabès, Tunisia (Mediterranean Sea). This species was first described growing on the carapace of the loggerhead sea turtle Caretta caretta (L.) from Santa Catalina Island, California, USA. In the Mediterranean, it was reported only from two loggerhead turtles captured by a Spanish longline vessel. The morphology, habitat and geographical distribution of P. carettia were examined.


Keywords

Polysiphonia carettiaRhodophytataxonomyLoggerhead turtleepizoic