Non-indigenous tanaid Sinelobus vanhaareni in the Polish coastal waters – an example of a successful invader

Radosław Brzana 1 , Lena Marszewska 1 , Monika Normant-Saremba 1  and Magdalena Błażewicz 2
  • 1 University of Gdańsk, Faculty of Oceanography and Geography, Institute of Oceanography, Department of Experimental Ecology of Marine Organisms, Al. M. Piłsudskiego 46, 81-378 Gdynia, Gdynia, Poland
  • 2 University of Łódź, Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection, Department of Invertebrate Zoology and Hydrobiology, ul. Banacha 12/16, 90-237 Łódź, Łódź, Poland
Radosław Brzana
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  • University of Gdańsk, Faculty of Oceanography and Geography, Institute of Oceanography, Department of Experimental Ecology of Marine Organisms, Al. M. Piłsudskiego 46, 81-378 Gdynia, Gdynia, Poland
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, Lena Marszewska
  • University of Gdańsk, Faculty of Oceanography and Geography, Institute of Oceanography, Department of Experimental Ecology of Marine Organisms, Al. M. Piłsudskiego 46, 81-378 Gdynia, Gdynia, Poland
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, Monika Normant-Saremba
  • University of Gdańsk, Faculty of Oceanography and Geography, Institute of Oceanography, Department of Experimental Ecology of Marine Organisms, Al. M. Piłsudskiego 46, 81-378 Gdynia, Gdynia, Poland
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and Magdalena Błażewicz
  • University of Łódź, Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection, Department of Invertebrate Zoology and Hydrobiology, ul. Banacha 12/16, 90-237 Łódź, Łódź, Poland
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Abstract

The paper reports on the first record of Sinelobus vanhaareni, a non-native tanaid, in the Polish coastal waters (Gulf of Gdansk, southern Baltic Sea). The species was found in the port of Gdynia in 2014, while in 2015–2017 it already colonized the western part of the Gulf of Gdansk, inhabiting mainly hard substrates, including both natural (e.g. boulders) and anthropogenic ones (e.g. vertical concrete piles or walls of offshore structures and breakwaters, horizontal PVC plates and oyster shells used as filling in habitat collectors). During the survey period, S. vanhaareni was found in different seasons of the year (from winter and early spring to autumn), which, combined with the presence of ovigerous females as well as high abundance (up to tens of thousands of individuals per square meter), allows us to assume that the species has already established a population in the Gulf of Gdansk.

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