ON THE OCCURRENCE OF DIADEMA SETOSUM (LESKE, 1778) IN ANTAKYA BAY, EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN SEA

On the occurrence of Diadema setosum (Leske, 1778) in Antakya Bay, Eastern Mediterranean Sea

Cemal Turan, Deniz Erguden, Necdet Uygur

Faculty of Fisheries-Mustafa Kemal University-31220 Iskenderun, Hatay, TURKEY
Technical School of Pirinclik, Mustafa Kemal University, Iskenderun, Hatay, TURKEY

Abstract

The long-spined sea urchin Diadema setosum (Leske 1778) is recorded for the first time from coast of Yayladagi, Antakya Bay, Eastern Mediterranean Sea, Turkey. Three specimens of D. setosum have been recorded along the coast of Antakya Bay on 25 July 2010. The occurrence of this species in the Mediterranean is the result of sea currents from the Red Sea via Suez Canal.

KeywordsDiadema setosum, sea urchin, Antakya Bay, Eastern Mediterranean Sea, Turkey