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Mytilopsis sallei (Mollusca: Bivalvia: Dreissenidae) established on the Mediterranean coast of Israel

  • B.S. Galil (a1) and Cesare Bogi (a2)


The black striped mussel Mytilopsis sallei, originally described from Guatemala, is reported for the first time from the Mediterranean Sea. In the late 20th Century the species was transported to south-east Asia, where it has caused economic and ecological damage. Its recent discovery in Haifa Harbour, Israel, suggests that the vessel-transported species has been established in the Mediterranean as well.


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Correspondence should be addressed to: B.S. Galil, National Institute of Oceanography, Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research, POB 8030, Haifa 31080, Israel email:


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Mytilopsis sallei (Mollusca: Bivalvia: Dreissenidae) established on the Mediterranean coast of Israel

  • B.S. Galil (a1) and Cesare Bogi (a2)


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