Short Communication: First Record of Flexopecten Glaber (Linnaeus, 1758) (Bivalvia: Pectinidae) from the Romanian Black Sea Shelf
AbstractThe “Smooth Scallop” Flexopecten glaber (Linnaeus, 1758) is an edible bivalve which is widely distributed in the Mediterranean Sea. Generally, for the Pectinidae representative inhabiting the Black Sea, the name F. glaber ponticus (Bucquoy, Dautzenberg & Dollfus, 1889) is used. F. glaber ponticus is listed in WoRMS as the only accepted subspecies of F. glaber (Linnaeus, 1758). In June 2020, as a result of dredging activities in the Mangalia area, three living specimens of F. glaber were found at 25 meters depth, in shelly gravel and coarse sand habitat. After all available sources were consulted, it was concluded that in Romanian waters, F. glaber was listed just based on isolated shells. This finding, together with other aspects observed in the last years, illustrate positive changes in bivalve fauna from the Romanian Black Sea waters.
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