A new record for Caulerpa mexicana Sonder ex Kützing from Eastern Mediterranean Coast of Turkey

A new record for Caulerpa mexicana Sonder ex Kützing from Eastern Mediterranean coast of Turkey

Hüseyin Erduğan, Veysel Aysel, Berrin Dural, Rıza Akgül, Özcan Balıkçı, Cumhur Miçooğulları, Füsun Akgül

Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Faculty of  Arts and Sciences, Department of Biology, Çanakkale, TURKEY
Ege University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biology, Izmir, TURKEY
Mersin University,  Faculty of Science and Letters, Department of Biology, Mersin , TURKEY

Abstract

In this study, Caulerpa mexicana Sonder ex Kütizng is recorded for the first time in the Hatay coasts of east Mediterranean of Turkey. The number of Caulerpa spp, are now reached to 10 taxa on the coasts of Turkey that were first observed in 1971. It was previously reported that the members of Caulerpa are widely threaten by the sea environment with their invader and migratory characteristics. The C. mexicana taxon was first reported by Rayss (1941) along the Palestine Coast in the east Mediterranean.

Keywords: Caulerpa mexicana, Hatay, Mediterranean, Turkey

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