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New records for the opisthobranch fauna of the Archipelago of the Azores (north-east Atlantic Ocean)

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  22 February 2013

Ricardo Cordeiro*
Affiliation:
CIBIO, Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos, InBIO Laboratório Associado, Pólo dos Açores, Universidade dos Açores, Campus de Ponta Delgada, Apartado 1422, 9501-801 Ponta Delgada, Açores, Portugal Departamento de Biologia, Universidade dos Açores, Campus de Ponta Delgada, Apartado 1422, 9501-801 Ponta Delgada, Açores, Portugal
Manuel António E. Malaquias
Affiliation:
Phylogenetic Systematics and Evolution Research Group, University Museum of Bergen, Natural History Collections, University of Bergen, PB 7800, 5020-Bergen, Norway
Guillem Mas
Affiliation:
Grup de Recerca d'Opistobranquis de Catalunya, Mas Castellar, s/n, Pontós 17773, Girona, Spain
Irene Figueroa
Affiliation:
Grup de Recerca d'Opistobranquis de Catalunya, Mas Castellar, s/n, Pontós 17773, Girona, Spain CREAF, 08193 Cerdanyola del Vallès, Spain
José P. Borges
Affiliation:
Instituto Português de Malacologia, Zoomarine, EN 125 km 65, Guia, 8200-864 Albufeira, Portugal
Sérgio P. Ávila
Affiliation:
CIBIO, Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos, InBIO Laboratório Associado, Pólo dos Açores, Universidade dos Açores, Campus de Ponta Delgada, Apartado 1422, 9501-801 Ponta Delgada, Açores, Portugal Departamento de Biologia, Universidade dos Açores, Campus de Ponta Delgada, Apartado 1422, 9501-801 Ponta Delgada, Açores, Portugal
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Correspondence should be addressed to: R. Cordeiro, Departamento de Biologia, Universidade dos Açores, Campus de Ponta Delgada, Apartado 1422, 9501-801 Ponta Delgada, Açores, Portugal email: rjpcordeiro@gmail.com
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Abstract

The occurrence of the opisthobranchs Diaphana globosa, Hermaeopsis variopicta, Doris bertheloti, Rostanga rubra, Janolus cristatus and Flabellina bulbosa in the Azores is reported for the first time. Our findings expand the known geographical distribution of these species in the north-east Atlantic Ocean and increase the known diversity of opisthobranchs in the archipelago to 150 species. These results provide further support for the well-documented affinity of the Azorean marine biota to the eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts.

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Copyright © Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 2013

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