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Date:         Thu, 14 Nov 2002 01:19:50 +0000
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From:         Ross Mayhew <rmayhew@NS.SYMPATICO.CA>
Subject:      nodipecten nodosus gabonensis - a bit of a mystery
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Thanks M. Caro! Given the species' extreme variability, it is hazardous, based upon just one specimen, to venture where this population might have come from if it is indeed recently introduced, but it certainly seems to be the South American population and not the Gulf of Mexico one. But, it is not typical for the SA form either, although similar specimens do occur in Columbia and Venezuela. Can anyone venture a method of figuring out approximately how long ago this population may have been established? Are specimens available that were collected decades ago? Who else on the list has specimens they know came from NW Africa? This is an interesting mystery!!!

-Still all wet in New Scotland, JR.

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