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Fishes 2018, 3(1), 17;

On the Status of Threespine Stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus Linnaeus 1758) in Lake Bracciano, Italy

Laboratory of Systems Biology and Genetics, Institute of Bioengineering, School of Life Sciences, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Station 19, CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
Parco Naturale Regionale Bracciano Martignano, Via Aurelio Saffi 4A, Bracciano 00062, Italy
Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Basel, Schönbeinstrasse 6, CH-4056 Basel, Switzerland
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Received: 23 February 2018 / Revised: 13 March 2018 / Accepted: 14 March 2018 / Published: 15 March 2018
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For many species, the Mediterranean region harbors distinct lineages that are of conservation concerns. However, many of these are threatened by habitat degradation and by the introduction of non-native species. Here, we assess the status of the native threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) in the Lake Bracciano region in Italy, where stickleback have been historically present. During a dedicated sampling campaign in summer 2015, surveying the potential habitats that sticklebacks commonly occupy, we could not confirm the presence of this species but found introduced species to be often most abundant. Stickleback are thus likely to either have become extinct over the last decades or be on the verge to extinction in the Lake Bracciano region. View Full-Text
Keywords: Gasterosteus aculeatus; Mediterranean biota; conservation; ichthyofauna; biogeography Gasterosteus aculeatus; Mediterranean biota; conservation; ichthyofauna; biogeography

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Sharda, S.; Argenti, E.; Lucek, K. On the Status of Threespine Stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus Linnaeus 1758) in Lake Bracciano, Italy. Fishes 2018, 3, 17.

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