Hydrozoan diversity from Western Sahara and Atlantic coast of Morocco
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The hydroid fauna from the Atlantic coast of Morocco is currently the best known in Northwest Africa. This knowledge is due to the work of Patriti (1970), based on the study of hydroid collections of the Institut Scientifique Chérifien de Rabat, that also includes previous available records from the literature. Other relevant contributions were the report of Ramil and Vervoort (1992) on deep–water hydroids from the Ibero–Moroccan gulf and those of Medel and Vervoort (1998, 2000), Ansín Agís et al. (2001) and Vervoort (2006) based on the material collected by the Dutch CANCAP Expeditions. The aim of this work is the study of the benthic hydroids collected along the Western Sahara and the Atlantic coast of Morocco during two ecosystemic surveys carried out on board of the R/V Dr. Fridtjof Nansen, in the framework of the FAO project “Canary Current Large Marine Ecosystem” (CCLME). The sampling program was performed following latitudinal transects perpendicular to the depth isobaths and ...
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