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The role of the Aquarium of Rhodes (eastern Mediterranean Sea) on raising public awareness to marine invasions, with a note on the husbandry and trade of marine aliens

July 3, 2014

A total of 33 alien species collected from the wild, has been listed among the displays of the public Aquarium of Rhodes (Greece), mainly since 2000. The essential contribution of the Aquarium to document the intensification of marine alien species introduction, disseminate knowledge and increase public awareness on the ecological and socio- economic risks linked to biological invasions is underlined. The diffusion of aliens in other eastern Mediterranean Aquaria is reported. The potential use of these organisms in the aquarium trade and its eventual effects on marine ecosystems are discussed. Details on collection and aquarium maintenance conditions are also provided.

Corsini-Foka M, Kondylatos G, Santorinios E, 2014: The role of the Aquarium of Rhodes (eastern Mediterranean Sea) on raising public awareness to marine invasions, with a note on the husbandry and trade of marine aliens, Cahiers de Biologie Marine, 55(2), 173-182. Article.

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