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First record of a Lessepsian migrant: the sea cucumber Holothuria (Theelothuria) hamata Pearson, 1913
Aydin, M.; Gürlek, M.; Samyn, Y.; Ergüden, D.; Turan, C. (2019). First record of a Lessepsian migrant: the sea cucumber Holothuria (Theelothuria) hamata Pearson, 1913. Zootaxa 4551(1): 94-100. https://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4551.1.7
In: Zootaxa. Magnolia Press: Auckland. ISSN 1175-5326; e-ISSN 1175-5334
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Keywords
    Holothuroidea [WoRMS]
    Marine/Coastal
Author keywords
    taxonomy; biogeographic migration; Turkey; Suez; Holothuroidea;Mediterranean

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  • Aydin, M.
  • Gürlek, M.
  • Samyn, Y.
  • Ergüden, D.
  • Turan, C.

Abstract
    First record of a Lessepsian migrant: the sea cucumber Holothuria (Theelothuria) hamata Pearson, 1913. A single specimen of the Indo-West Pacific sea cucumber Holothuria (Theelothuria) hamata Pearson, 1913 has been captured in 2017 in the Mediterranean Sea, Turkey, Iskenderun Bay, at 30 m depth. This specimen is here described, and the taxonomy of the species is briefly discussed. Despite the lack of timed biogeographic evidence, we here argue that H. hamata is a Lessepsian migrant; the first in its genus and only the second holothuroid.

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