Rediscovery of Eunapius carteri (Bowerbank, 1863) in Western Europe


Abstract: The freshwater sponge collections of the National Museum of Natural History of Madrid were examined and the presence of Eunapius carteri (Bowerbank, 1863) in the Iberian Peninsula was rediscovered. An approach to its ecology is also presented. This species is not currently considered within the Iberian and Western European fauna. Therefore, its rediscovery changes the conception of this species' biogeographical distribution in Europe linked to its ecology.

Keywords: Eunapius carteri, freshwater sponge, ecology, biogeography, Iberian Peninsula

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