The term lessepsian, is derived from Ferdinand De Lesseps who designed and led the team that built the Suez Canal, thus linking the Red Sea with the Mediterranean. Lessepsian migration refers to species which have entered the Mediterranean, from the Red Sea, through the Suez Canal. Some of these introductions seem to be permanent, some short-lived.
For those of you interested in exotic introductions to the Mediterranean, there is a website CIESM Atlas of Exotic Species in the Mediterranean Sea which has a list of introduced molluscs, including quite a few opisthobranchs. There is a comprehensive page on each species.
Use the SEARCH facility on the Forum [type 'lessepsian'] to get a current list of lessepsian migrants reported here.Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2002 (January 13) Lessepsian migration. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/factsheet/lessep
Re: CIESM Atlas of exotic species - bureaucratic madness!
From: Bill Rudman, October 5, 2009
CIESM Atlas of exotic species - bureaucratic madness!
From: Bill Rudman, November 20, 2008
Re: Lessepsian migration, need of a separate term?
From: Cynthia Trowbridge, February 28, 2005
From: Lindsay Warren, February 28, 2005
Lessepsian migration, need of a separate term?
From: Jim Lyle, February 25, 2005
the term 'lessepsian' and the Panama Canal
From: Nishina Masayoshi, March 9, 2002