Hydroids from Guinean Bissau waters (north-west Africa)
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The marine fauna of West Africa remains poorly known, mainly in waters deeper than 30 m (Decker et al, 2004) despite this area includes one of the most diverse and productive marine areas of the world oceans linked to upwelling phenomena. Guinea Bissau is located between two highly productive ecosystems, the Canary Current Large Marine Ecosystem (CCLME) in the North, and the Guinea Large Marine Ecosystem (GCLME) in the South, and harbour a rich and specific marine fauna (Le Loeuff & Van Cosel, 1998; García Isarch et al, 2009). Hydroid fauna of Guinea Bissau was previously studied by Vervoort (1959), reporting 20 species collected during the Danish Atlantide expedition in the Tropical West Africa, and by Gili et al. (1989), which include 31 species collected by the Spanish surveys carried out in waters of Guinea Bissau, Namibia and South Africa. Between October and November of 2008, the Instituto Español de Oceanografía (IEO) in collaboration with the Centro de Investigación Pesqueira ...
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