An annotated checklist of the free-living dinoflagellates (Dinophyceae) of the Mediterranean Sea, based on literature records, is given. The distribution of 673 species in 9 Mediterranean sub-basins is reported. The number of taxa among the sub-basins was as follows: Ligurian (496 species), Balear-Provençal (360), Adriatic (322), Tyrrhenian (284), Ionian (283), Levantine (268), Aegean (182), Alborán (179) and Algerian Seas (151).
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