The rise of thermophilic sea urchins and the expansion of barren grounds in the Mediterranean Sea

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Abstract

Recent ecological studies have shown a strong relation between temperature, echinoids and their grazingeffects on macro-algal communities. In this study, we speculate that climate warming may result in anincreasingly favourable environment for the reproduction and development of the sea urchin Arbacia lixula.The relationship between increased A. lixula density and the extent of barren grounds in the MediterraneanSea is also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-134
Number of pages6
JournalCHEMISTRY IN ECOLOGY
Volume27,2
Publication statusPublished - 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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