Starting from 2009, many different ecological studies have been performed in Linosa Island thanks to "FOR-MARE –Association ofApplied Ecological Sciences". All alien species records were reported as a result of summer stages. Our purpose is to monitor year by year population structure , distribution and ecological impact of A. dactylomela on the island.
As long as little is known about the vector of introduction of Aplysia dactylomela, only genetic analysis of Mediterranean specimens versus the tropical Atlantic and Indopacific ones could definitely clarify pathways of introduction or range extension of this species into the Mediterranean Sea.
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