Seasonal variation in epiphyte flora of the invasive species Codium fragile subsp. fragile on the Çanakkale Strait coast (Marmara Sea, Turkey)

Seasonal variation in epiphyte flora of the invasive species Codium fragile subsp. fragile on the Çanakkale Strait coast (Marmara Sea, Turkey)

Hüseyin Erduğan, Ali Rahmi Fırat, Latife Ceyda İrkin, Emine Şükran Okudan, Rıza Akgül, Füsun Akgül, Berrin Dural

Department of Biology, Faculty of Art and Science, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Çanakkale, TURKEY
Department of Biology, Institute of Science, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Çanakkale, TURKEY
Department of Fisheries Technology, Çanakkale School of Applied Science, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Çanakkale, TURKEY
Department of Basic Aquatic Science, Faculty of Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries, Akdeniz University, Antalya, TURKEY
Department of Vegetable and Animal Production, Tefenni Vocational School, Mehmet Akif Ersoy University, Burdur, TURKEY
Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Faculty of Arts and Science, Mehmet Akif Ersoy University, Burdur, Turkey
Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Ege University, Izmir, TURKEY

Abstract

Seasonal changes in the epiphyte flora of an invasive species, Codium fragile subsp. fragile (Suringar) Hariot 1889, along the coast of the Çanakkale Strait (Dardanelles) are reported. Samples were collected between December 2011 and November 2012 from depths of 0-1 m. The whole thallus was examined for epiphytes and 48 taxa epiphytes were identified (27 taxa Rhodophyta, 7 taxa Ochrophyta and 14 taxa Chlorophyta). The most common epiphytes were Ceramiales (Rhodophyta), Ectocarpales (Ochrophyta) and Ulvales (Chlorophyta) in this order.

Keywords: Codium, invasive, epiphyte, Çanakkale Strait (Dardanelles), Turkey

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