First occurrence of the invasive hydrozoan Gonionemus vertens A. Agassiz, 1862 (Cnidaria: Hydrozoa) in New Jersey, USA

John J. Gaynor, Paul A.X. Bologna, Dena Restaino, Christie L. Barry

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Abstract

Gonionemus vertens A. Agassiz, 1862 is a small hydrozoan native to the Pacific Ocean. It has become established in the northern and southern Atlantic Ocean as well as the Mediterranean Sea. We report on the first occurrence of this species in estuaries in New Jersey, USA, and confirm species identification through molecular sequence analysis. Given the large number of individuals collected, we contend that this is a successful invasion into this region with established polyps. The remaining question is the vector and source of these newly established populations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-237
Number of pages5
JournalBioInvasions Records
Volume5
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016

Keywords

  • 16S rDNA
  • COI
  • Clinging jellyfish
  • Mid-Atlantic

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