Diversity of marine Bivalvia in Greek waters: Effects of geography and environment

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1997
Authors:Zenetos, A.
Journal:Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United KingdomJournal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
Date Published:1997///
Keywords:Mollusca Bivalvia

The diversity and distribution of the Bivalvia fauna is examined in the various seas of Greek territorial waters. There is a statistically significant correlation between the bibliographical sources and the recorded variety of Bivalvia at any given area, with the deeper areas containing fewer species. Attention is given to some species 'introduced' into the area. Cluster analysis, based on the species present at 30 regions which represent distinct geographical and ecological units, do not show any differentiation that corresponds to a geographical pattern. However, a distinct group is associated with the deeper open areas, which suggests that ecological parameters, such as depth and degree of enclosure, play an important role in the distribution of species.

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