Marine Biodiversity

, Volume 46, Issue 1, pp 281–284 | Cite as

First record of the exotic caprellid amphipod Paracaprella pusilla Mayer, 1890 in the eastern Mediterranean

  • Macarena RosEmail author
  • José M. Guerra-García
  • Razy Hoffman
Short Communication


The tropical western Atlantic caprellid Paracaprella pusilla Mayer, 1890 (Crustacea: Amphipoda: Caprellidae) is reported in the eastern Mediterranean for the first time. Individuals were collected in the southern coast of Israel associated with drifting colonies of the bryozoan Bugula neritina and with Bugula colonies attached to a submerged kurkar ridge. The species has been recorded previously from marinas in the western Mediterranean. This new record suggests that P. pusilla may also be present in other localities of the Mediterranean and represents the first non-native caprellid species for the coast of Israel.


Invasive species Non-native species Suez Canal Rafting Range expansion Israel 



This study was supported by an Israel Taxonomy Initiative grant and by a predoctoral grant from the Ministerio de Educación de España (Reference AP-2009-3380). R.H. is a VATAT-supported post-doctoral fellow at the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History and National Research Center, and at the Department of Molecular Biology and Ecology of Plants at Tel Aviv University. The authors would like to thank the desalination division of Israel Water Authority who kindly provided temperature and salinity data for Zikim beach, and the anonymous reviewers for their suggestions to improve the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Macarena Ros
    • 1
    Email author
  • José M. Guerra-García
    • 1
  • Razy Hoffman
    • 2
  1. 1.Departmento de ZoologíaUniversidad de SevillaSevilleSpain
  2. 2.Department of Molecular Biology and Ecology of PlantsTel-Aviv UniversityTel-AvivIsrael

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