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Population and habitat status of two endemic sand gobies in lagoon marshes - Implications for conservation

Franco, A; Franzoi, P; Malavasi, S; Zucchetta, M; Torricelli, P


A Franco

P Franzoi

S Malavasi

M Zucchetta

P Torricelli


Ensuring biodiversity, through the conservation of natural habitats, such as wetlands, and of their wild flora and fauna, is the main objective of the Habitat and Species Directive 92/43/EC. Within this framework, two species of Community interest, Pomatoschistus canestrinii and Knipowitschia panizzae (Gobiidae, Osteichthyes), endemisms of the Northern Adriatic lagoons, were considered. The population structure, reproductive effort, somatic growth and production of such species were investigated in marsh habitats of the Venice lagoon, as indicators of the status of the populations and their habitats. The lagoon marsh habitats hosted abundant and well structured populations, functioning also as breeding areas for these species. A certain spatial variability was also observed, possibly related to the shelter conditions of different marsh sub-habitats (e.g. marsh creeks vs. adjacent mudflats). These results were discussed in the light of the available ecological knowledge on the two species, with a particular attention to the conservation priority focused on the protection of biodiversity and of key habitats.


Franco, A., Franzoi, P., Malavasi, S., Zucchetta, M., & Torricelli, P. (2011). Population and habitat status of two endemic sand gobies in lagoon marshes - Implications for conservation. Estuarine, coastal and shelf science, 114, 31-40.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 24, 2011
Online Publication Date Aug 24, 2011
Publication Date Aug 24, 2011
Deposit Date Mar 27, 2019
Journal Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science
Print ISSN 0272-7714
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 114
Pages 31-40
Keywords Marsh habitat; Fish species; Gobies; Population status; European habitat directive; Venice lagoon; Italy
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