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Free Pass Through the Pillars of Hercules? Genetic and Historical Insights Into the Recent Expansion of the Atlantic Blue Crab Callinectes sapidus to the West and the East of the Strait of Gibraltar

González-Ortegón, Enrique ; Berger, Selina ; Encarnação, João ; Chairi, Hicham ; Morais, Pedro ; Teodósio, Maria Alexandra ; Oliva-Paterna, Francisco J. ; Schubart, Christoph D. ; Cuesta, Jose A.


The invasive Atlantic blue crab Callinectes sapidus has considerably extended its distribution along the Gulf of Cadiz and Moroccan coasts in the northeast Atlantic. This could indicate a new introduction event in the Gulf of Cadiz from the native area, in case of detectable genetic differences from the Mediterranean Sea populations. To test this and reconstruct the invasion, we assessed the ...


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