PhD program in
  Environmental Sciences
Coordinated by Prof. Giuseppe Corriero

  Alien species

  G. Corriero, E.Cecere, F. Mastrototaro

Introduction and spread of alien (non-indigenous) species are considered one of the main concern in the marine context. Several research groups are involved, worldwide, in monitoring the alien species and in promoting the preparation and distribution of national or regional reports on new sightings. Our research group is currently involved in monitoring the Mediterranean coasts, to detect the presence of alien species, also within semi-enclosed coastal basins such as the Taranto Seas or the Lesina Lagoon. Data on the present distribution of the green alga Caulerpa racemosa or of the newly recorded, in the Mediterranean sea, calcareous sponge Paraleucilla magna are being highlighted. The group is also involved in merging all the collected data into a well structured database.

Published papers (selection) (click to download the pdf)

Gravili C, Belmonte G, Cecere E, Denitto F, Giangrande A, Guidetti P, Longo C, Mastrototaro F, Moscatello S, Petrocelli A, Piraino S, Terlizzi A, Boero F: Non-indigenous species (NIS) along the Apulian coast, Italy. Chemistry & Ecology 26 (1) (supplement 1): 121-142 (2010)

Occhipinti-Ambrogi A, Marchini A, Cantone G, Castelli A, Chimenz C, Cormaci M, Froglia C, Furnari G, Gambi MC, Giaccone G, Giangrande A, Gravili C, Mastrototaro F, Mazziotti C, Orsi-Relini L, Piraino S: Alien species along the Italian coasts: an overview. Biological Invasions (2010)

Baldacconi R, Corriero G: Effects of the spread of the alga Caulerpa racemosa var. cylindracea on the sponge assemblage from coralligenous concretions of the Apulian coast (Ionian Sea, Italy). Marine Ecology  30 (3): 337-345 (2009)

Serio D, Petrocelli A, Cormaci M, Furnari G, Cecere E: First record of Osmundea oederi (Gunnerus) G. Furnari comb. nov. (Rhodomelaceae, Rhodophyta) from the Mediterranean Sea. Cryptogamie, Algologie 29 (2): 119-127 (2008) 

Longo C, Mastrototaro F, Corriero G: Occurrence of Paraleucilla magna (Porifera, Calcarea) in the Mediterranean Sea. Journal of The Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 87 (6): 1749-1755 (2007)

Mastrototaro F, Carlucci R, Capezzuto F, Sion L: First record of dwarf flathead Elates ransonnetii (Platycephalidae) in the Mediterranean Sea (North-western Ionian Sea). Cybium 31 (3): 393-394 (2007)

Mastrototaro F, Brunetti R: The non-indigenous ascidian Distaplia bermudensis in the Mediterranean: comparison with the native species Distaplia magnilarva and Distaplia lucillae sp. Nov. Journal of The Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 86: 181-185 (2006)

Mastrototaro F, Dappiano M: New record of the non indigenous species Microcosmus squamiger Michaelsen, 1927 (Ascidiacea, Stolidobranchia) in the harbour of Salerno (Tyrrhenian Sea, Italy). Journal of The Marine Biological Association of the United KingdomBiodiversity Records Published online (2005)

Brunetti R, Mastrototaro F: The non-indigenous stolidobrach ascidian Polyandrocarpa zorritensis in the Mediterranean: description, larval morphology and pattern of vascular budding. Zootaxa 528: 1-8 (2004)

Cecere E, Petrocelli A, Verlaque M: Morphology and vegetative reproduction of the introduced species Hypnea cornuta (Rhodophyta, Gigartinales) in the Mar Piccolo of Taranto (Italy, Mediterranean Sea). Botanica Marina 47: 381-388 (2004)

Mastrototaro F, Panetta P, D’Onghia G: Further records of Melibe viridis (Mollusca, Nudibranchia) in the Mediterranean Sea, with observation of spawn. Vie et Milieu 54 (4): 251-253 (2004)

Mastrototaro F, Matarrese A, D’Onghia G: Occurrence of Musculista senhousia (Mollusca, Bivalvia) in the Taranto seas (Eastern-Central Mediterranean Sea). Journal of The Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 83: 1279-1280 (2003)

Cecere E, Petrocelli A, Saracino OD: Undaria pinnatifida (Fucophyceae, Laminariales) spread in the central Mediterranean: its occurrence in the Mar Piccolo of Taranto (Ionian Sea, southern Italy). Cryptogamie Algologie 21:305-309 (2000)