The First Finding of Bryozoan Pectinatella Magnifica (Lophopodidae) in Lower Danube

B. Aleksandrov 1 , O. Voloshkevich 2 , A. Kurakin 1 , A. Rybalko 1  and V. Gontar 3
  • 1 Odessa Branch, Institute of Biology of the Southern Seas, NAS of Ukraine, Odessa, 65011 Ukraine
  • 2 Danube Biosphere Reserve, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Vilkovo, Kiliya District, Odessa Region, 68355 Ukraine
  • 3 The Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Saint Petersburg, 199034 Russia

Abstract

The freshwater bryozoan Pectinatella magnifica (Leidy, 1851) was found for the first time in the Ukrainian part of the Danube Delta (Poludionniy arm, 45°25.00˝ N, 29°45.25˝ E) in 2005. Since then, it has increased in abundance. Th e greatest colony numbers occurred on both dead and living reed stems in the delta region 1.5-2.0 km upstream from the Black Sea.

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