Macarena Ros

Macarena Ros
Universidad de Sevilla | US · Departamento de Zoología

PhD

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Early detection of invasive species becomes particularly challenging in the case of small-sized, neglected or taxonomically challenging taxa. The invasive skeleton shrimp, Caprella scaura Templeton, 1836, stands out as a primary example of this and is a successful widespread invader in Europe. This study presents its first record in the UK, confirm...
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The role of ecophysiology in mediating marine biological pollution is poorly known. Here we explore how physiological plasticity to environmental stress can explain and predict the context-dependencies of invasive species impacts. We use the case of two sympatric skeleton shrimps, the invader Caprella scaura and its congener C. equilibra, which is...
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First visual guide of the most common and/or curious animal species (25 species) and macroalgae (25 species) of the intertidal rocky shores of La Caleta (Cadiz) and associated intertidal rocks.
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New visual guide of the most common and/or curious animal species (54 species) and macroalgae (52 species) of the intertidal rocky shores of La Caleta (Cadiz) and associated intertidal rocks. They include more than twice of the species that appeared in the guide published in 2019. Two of the added animal species were recently described as new to Sc...
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• This work constitutes the first comprehensive study of the epifaunal response to biological invasions in coralligenous habitats, which are one of the main hotspots of biodiversity in the Mediterranean. • The epifaunal community inhabiting the invasive macroalga Rugulopteryx okamurae and other dominant sessile hosts on coralligenous habitats (i.e....
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Most of marine non-indigenous species still suffers of large gaps in knowledge even regarding the most basic life history traits. The present study aims to understand the biology and ecology of the pacific isopod Paranthura japonica in a newly invaded site in the Central Mediterranean Sea, specifically focusing on its population dynamics in respons...
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Se presenta una lista actualizada de las especies exóticas que se encuentran en etapa de establecimiento o de propagación de la invasión en aguas continentales de la península ibérica. La lista está basada en la evaluación sistemática de los datos en colaboración con un amplio equipo de expertos de España y Portugal. Esta lista de actualización es...
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An updated list is presented of the alien species in the establishment or spread invasion stage in in-land waters at the Iberian Peninsula. The list is based on a systematic assessment of information in collaboration with a wide expert team from Spain and Portugal. This updated list is an important tool supporting the implementation of the IAS Regu...
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An updated list is presented of the alien species in the transport or introduction invasion stage in inland waters of the Iberian Peninsula. The list is based on a systematic assessment of information in collaboration with a wide expert team from Spain and Portugal. This list is an important tool to support the implementation of the IAS Regulation,...
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The non-indigenous sabellid polychaete Branchiomma luctuosum (Grube, 1870) has spread along the Mediterranean coast in a short time period. Well-established populations were recorded for 9 marinas and 3 natural habitats along the southern Iberian Peninsula, including the first record of the species in Portugal. The highest abundances (>60 ind./m²)...
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The importance of marinas as infrastructures for recreational boating is increasing substantially. However, information on their soft-bottom benthic communities, a key tool for managing programmes, is still scarce. We combined environment features with macro- and meiofaunal soft-bottom community information for assessing the ecological status of ma...
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The study aims to monitor the post-establishment success of the invasive skeleton shrimp Caprella scaura in the Atlantic-Mediterranean transition zone and understand its connectivity with other world areas, providing new information on the status of the introduced population and its global distribution. By using mitochondrial markers (16S and COI)...
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To evaluate the impact of successful invasions of marine ecosystems by non- indigenous species (NIS) in a future climate change scenario, we analysed how an increase in temperature may affect biotic interactions between resident species and newcomers. In this context, we examined the effect of temperature on interference competition (i.e. displacem...
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Despite the growing interest in recreational boating and the increasing number of marinas along the world’s coastlines, environmental knowledge of these ecosystems is still very scarce. Detailed data of pollutants in marinas are necessary to provide a global approach of environmental risks in the context of international management strategies. In t...
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A bioindicator species can be defined as “an organism that provides information on the environmental conditions of its habitat by its presence or absence, and its behavior”. In this sense, crustaceans present many biological and ecological characteristics that make them particularly useful as bioindicators (e.g., widespread distribution in differen...
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Detection of new non-indigenous species is often delayed when taxonomically challenging taxa are involved, such as small-sized marine organisms. The present study highlights the relevance of scientific cooperation in the early detection of the invader amphipod Stenothoe georgiana. Originally described from North Carolina (USA), the species was rece...
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Despite the importance of dispersal behavior in the eco-evolutionary responses of species to global environmental change, its role in the invasion dynamic of stowaway invaders has been poorly studied, especially in low-mobile species (i.e. with direct development). Here we use peracarid crustaceans as a target group to understand the role that loca...
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When clothes are worn and washed, they emit fibres into the ecosystem via discharges of sewage that have been linked to the global dispersion of clothing fibres. Facilities that treat sewage divert some fibres from sewage effluent to sludge, but no current methods of filtration eliminate their environmental release. While filters for washing-machin...
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Detection of new non-indigenous species is often delayed when taxonomically challenging taxa are involved, such as small-sized marine organisms. The present study highlights the relevance of scientific cooperation in the early detection of the invader amphipod Stenothoe georgiana. Originally described from North Carolina (USA), the species was rece...
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Se resumen los aspectos tratados en la mesa redonda desarrollada en el Workshop de especies invasoras marinas.
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The addition or loss of habitat-forming species may lead to significant changes in the structure and functioning of marine benthic ecosystems as a whole. However, the nature of the impact of invasive macroalgae on native mobile invertebrate assemblage is still hard to predict. In this sense, the degree of morphological resemblance (mainly structura...
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Paracaprella pusilla Mayer, 1890 is a tropical caprellid species recently introduced to the Eastern Atlantic coast of the Iberian Peninsula and the Mediterranean Sea. In this study, we used direct sequencing of mitochondrial (COI and 16S) and nuclear (28S and ITS) genes to compare genetic differences in presumed native and introduced populations in...
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The effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) on the conservation of species, habitats, and processes has been largely studied. However, although parasites play a key role in the ecology of marine ecosystems, the effect of MPAs on host‐parasite relationships remains poorly understood. In order to characterize prevalence and host specificity of...
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There is an increasing concern about the ecosystem consequences of altering macroalgal assemblages. Many macrophytes are foundation species in coastal habitats, supporting much of the biodiversity of these ecosystems by providing essential resources such as food and habitat. The addition of invasive species strongly contributes to habitat modificat...
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Habitat selection is a complex process, dependent on numerous fluctuating conditions and key to species coexistence. In a changing global scenario, it will greatly determine the fate of marine organisms and hence is an important subject to be explored. The present study evaluates host specificity of two caprellid amphipod species, Caprella grandima...
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Effective management of marine bioinvasions starts with prevention, communication among the scientific community and comprehensive updated data on the distribution ranges of exotic species. Despite being a hotspot for introduction due to numerous shipping routes converging at the Strait of Gibraltar, knowledge of marine exotics in the Iberian Penin...
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The invasive caprellid Caprella scaura Templeton, 1836 is rapidly spreading along marinas of Southern Spain, becoming one of the dominant species of the macrofoulers associated to bryozoans and hydroids of communities in harbours. In order to explore the abundance and distribution patterns of the species in the different habitats available in marin...
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A new species of caprellid, Pseudaeginella arraialensis, is described from Arraial do Cabo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Abundant material was collected in Praia do Forno, associated to hydroids and algae of natural rocky substrata and fouling communities of artificial floating structures. The new species can be distinguished easily from the remaining s...
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Knowledge of the habitat use patterns of introduced species in their native or naturalized range can provide unique insights into processes of secondary dispersal and colonization of natural habitats. Caprellid amphipods are small mobile marine epibionts with limited natural dispersal. The global distribution of some caprellid species is mostly the...
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The impact of introduced fouling species and their associated epifauna in ports and marinas is potentially devastating for local biodiversity. The species composition of the epifauna on Tricellaria inopinata in Puerto América (Cádiz, Spain) was studied over a period of one year. Colonies were sampled bimonthly, and all associated mobile macrofauna...
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The search for alternative live feed organisms and the progression of Integrative Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) are currently being highly prioritised in EU strategies. Caprellids could potentially be an important exploitable resource in aquaculture due to their high levels of beneficial polyunsaturated fatty acids, fast growing nature and wides...
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In spite of the high importance of mobile epifauna in all marine habitats, their patterns of colonization and succession in marine caves have not been studied until now. In the present study, we used artificial substrates deployed at 4 positions along an environmental gradient of a ~100 m long cave system, and retrieved at different times (1.5, 3 a...
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The tropical western Atlantic caprellid Paracaprella pusilla Mayer, 1890 (Crustacea: Amphipoda: Caprellidae) is reported in the eastern Mediterranean for the first time. Individuals were collected in the southern coast of Israel associated with drifting colonies of the bryozoan Bugula neritina and with Bugula colonies attached to a submerged kurkar...
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In marinas, native caprellids usually share their habitat with exotic species, and can eventually be replaced by them. The invasive Caprella scaura is spreading quickly and has successfully settled in many marinas of southern Spain, potentially threatening the native taxa. We selected two marinas (El Rompido, Huelva and La Línea, Cádiz) in which C....
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Caprella scaura, originally described by Templeton (1836) from Mauritius and later reported as several "forms" or "varieties" from numerous areas of the world, was found for the first time in the Mediterranean in 1994. Since this report, the species has been found in several Mediterranean locations. To explore the current distribution of C. scaura...
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Since 2000, five rapid assessment surveys have been conducted in New England. These surveys focus on recording species at marinas, which often are in close proximity to transportation vectors (i.e., recreational boats). Species are collected from floating docks and piers because these structures are accessible regardless of the tidal cycle. Another...
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Paracaprella pusilla Mayer (Fauna und Flora des Golfes von Neapel 17:1–55, 1890), originally described from Brazil, is one of the most abundant caprellid amphipod species in tropical and subtropical seas around the world. During a survey of caprellid amphipods from marinas along the Balearic Island (Western Mediterranean Sea) carried out between No...
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The amphipod Caprella andreae Mayer, 1890 was recorded for the first time in Southern Iberian Peninsula (36°44'15″N, 3°59'38″W). This species is the only obligate rafter of the suborder Caprellidea and has been reported to attach not only to floating objects such as ropes or driftwoods but also to turtle carapaces. Mitochondrial and nuclear markers...
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Recently, two non-native caprellid amphipods, Caprella scaura and Paracaprella pusilla, were found for the first time in southern Spain. In order to assess their establishment success, monitoring of the caprellid fauna associated with the marina's fouling community was carried out from summer 2010 to spring 2011 in Cádiz marina, southern Spain. Thr...
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A comparison between peracarid assemblages inhabiting the invasive Asparagopsis armata and the native Corallina elongata was conducted along the Atlantic coast of the Iberian Peninsula. A total of 76 peracarid species were recorded during the present study, 59 of the 76 species were present in C. elongata, while 47 were found in A. armata. The most...
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Paracaprella pusilla Mayer, 1980 is a tropical caprellid amphipod species. It was first described from Brazil and is found to be very common along the Atlantic coast of Central America. Since its original description, P. pusilla has been found in prolific vol-umes at numerous widespread locations in tropical and subtropical seas around the world, a...
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Detailed morphological studies of the caprellid abdomen are necessary to understand the evolution of this group. According to the diagnosis of the genus Caprella, the abdomen of males is provided with a pair of uni- or bi-articulate appendages and a pair of lobes, and females only have the pair of lobes and lack appendages. However, during a monito...
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Caprella scaura (Templeton in Trans Entomol Soc Lond 1:185–198, 1836) is a native species to the western Indian Ocean. It was first described from Mauritius and later reported from several regions of the world. During the last decade, the species spread out of the Adriatic Sea, and in 2005, C. scaura was reported in Gerona, on the north-eastern coa...
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The distribution and abundance patterns of the macrofauna associated to macroalgae were studied on a spatial scale along the Iberian Peninsula. Nine- teen stations and four dominant algae were selected (intertidal zone: Corallina elongata and Asparagopsis armata; subtidal zone: Stypocaulon scoparium and Cladostephus spongiosus). Five environmental...