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Title: Semisubmersible oil platforms: understudied and potentially major vectors of biofouling-mediated invasions.
Authors: Yeo, D.C. 
Ahyong, S.T.
Lodge, D.M.
Ng, P.K. 
Naruse, T. 
Lane, D.J. 
Issue Date: 2010
Citation: Yeo, D.C.,Ahyong, S.T.,Lodge, D.M.,Ng, P.K.,Naruse, T.,Lane, D.J. (2010). Semisubmersible oil platforms: understudied and potentially major vectors of biofouling-mediated invasions.. Biofouling 26 (2) : 179-186. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Biofouling has long been recognised as a major pathway for the introduction of non-indigenous species. This study records the decapods and stomatopod crustaceans fouling a semisubmersible oil platform dry docked for hull cleaning in Jurong Port, Singapore. Of the 25 species of decapods identified, 13 were non-indigenous and represent new records to Singapore waters. Of these, the crabs Glabropilumnus seminudus and Carupa tenuipes are known to be invasive in other parts of the world. The stomatopod, Gonodactylaceus randalli, is the first mantis shrimp recorded in a biofouling community. The richness and diversity of this fouling community, consisting of many vagile species, highlights the difference between platforms and ships. With the expansion of maritime oil and gas exploration, the threat posed by an expanded fleet of semisubmersible oil platforms translocating non-indigenous fouling communities across biogeographical boundaries is very serious. Scientists, policy-makers, and stakeholders should turn their attention to this growing problem.
Source Title: Biofouling
ISSN: 10292454
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