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Ocean invaders in deep time

October 17, 2005

Ocean invaders in deep time

Much has been made of the economic impacts of recent biological invasions, but what are the implications of invasions in deep time?

Much has been made of the economic impacts of recent biological invasions, but what are the implications of invasions in deep time? STRI's Luiz Rocha, D. Ross Robertson and Claudia Rocha, James L. Van Tassell from Hofstra University, Matthew T. Craig from Scripps and Brian W. Bowen from the University of Hawaii, travel through ocean environments. The results of their travels, published in the article “Recent invasion of the tropical Atlantic by an Indo- Pacific coral reef fish” published by Molecular Ecology (online), tell us that during warm, interglacial periods, reef-associated fish (goby genus Gnatholepis), leapt around the horn of Africa into the Atlantic, where their range expanded as the world warmed

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