Special Issue "Marine Benthic Biodiversity of Eastern Mediterranean Ecosystems"

A special issue of Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (ISSN 2077-1312). This special issue belongs to the section "Marine Biology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 August 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Panayota Koulouri
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Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnoogy & Aquaculture, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, 71500 Heraklion, Greece
Interests: marine biodiversity; benthic ecology; integrated coastal zone management; ocean literacy
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Dr. Vasilis Gerovasileiou
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Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology & Aquaculture, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Athens, Greece
Interests: marine biodiversity; benthic ecology; benthic invertebrates; marine caves; dark habitats; sponges; non-indigenous species; bioconstructions; marine conservation
Dr. Thanos Dailianis
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Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology & Aquaculture, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Athens, Greece
Interests: marine biology; benthic invertebrates; Porifera; marine genomics; marine biotechnology; marine biodiversity; scientific diving

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue aims to present a collection of studies on biodiversity in marine benthic ecosystems of the eastern basin of the Mediterranean Sea, which is an important global biodiversity hotspot. Despite significant scientific progress in the past few decades, the eastern Mediterranean can still be considered to be underexplored and prone to the discovery of new species and assemblages. Spatio-temporal analyses of datasets on different marine benthic components and their environment are welcome and expected to expand our present knowledge. Descriptions of innovative sampling techniques targeting specific marine benthic organisms or different marine benthic habitats are strongly encouraged as there is a scarcity of standardized assessment protocols. Effects of anthropogenic pressures such as fisheries, pollution, and climate change (e.g., lessepsian migration) that may lead to a loss of biodiversity, degradation of habitats, and changes in ecosystem functioning can be examined and interpreted too.

Dr. Yolanda Koulouri
Dr. Vasilis Gerovasileiou
Dr. Thanos Dailianis
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • marine benthic biodiversity
  • marine benthic ecosystems
  • marine benthic habitats
  • marine ecosystem dynamics
  • sampling methodologies
  • anthropogenic pressures
  • eastern Mediterranean sea

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Trophic Diversity of a Fish Community Associated with a Caulerpa prolifera (Forsskål) Meadow in a Shallow Semi-Enclosed Embayment
J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2021, 9(2), 165; https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse9020165 - 06 Feb 2021
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This study investigates the trophic diversity of fishes living in a meadow of Caulerpa prolifera on a bimonthly basis between May 2006 and April 2007 in a semi-enclosed coastal marine ecosystem of the Mediterranean Sea (Elounda Bay, Crete Island). The study area is [...] Read more.
This study investigates the trophic diversity of fishes living in a meadow of Caulerpa prolifera on a bimonthly basis between May 2006 and April 2007 in a semi-enclosed coastal marine ecosystem of the Mediterranean Sea (Elounda Bay, Crete Island). The study area is shallow and protected from waves, and it is covered by a C. prolifera bed, characterized by high organic input and a highly diverse macrobenthic community. Feeding patterns of the fish, investigated on the basis of stomach content analyses, were described in terms of numerical abundance and frequency of occurrence of prey taxa. A total of 1642 fish individuals, belonging to 17 species, were examined. In total, 45,674 prey individuals were identified belonging to 110 prey taxa, most of which were Malacostraca including their larvae and Copepoda (41,175 individuals identified to 71 taxa). Four different trophic groups were identified: herbivorous, pelagic, benthic (hyperbenthic) and piscivorous. Trophic diversity patterns of the fish species studied were also compared to the relative availability of macrobenthic and zooplanktonic taxa during the same period in the study area. The coexistence of many different, mostly benthic but also pelagic, fishes and their juveniles implies their high trophic flexibility, which is probably important for their survival in this particular habitat. Results of the present study provide basic knowledge on trophic diversity and interactions in the marine ecosystem and, therefore, some evidence as to the protection value of this particular habitat, which is essential for the implementation of a multispecies approach to decision-makers and managers of fisheries sources of the region. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Marine Benthic Biodiversity of Eastern Mediterranean Ecosystems)
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