A NEW ALIEN JELLYFISH SPECIES IN THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA – AEQUOREA GLOBOSA ESCHSCHOLTZ, 1829 (CNIDARIA: HYDROZOA)

A new alien jellyfish species in the Mediterranean Sea – Aequorea globosa Eschscholtz, 1829 (Cnidaria: Hydrozoa)

Cemal Turan, Mevlut Gürlek, Deniz Yağlıoğlu, Dilruba Seyhan

Faculty of Fisheries, Mustafa Kemal University, Iskenderun, Hatay, TURKEY

Abstract

Aequorea globosa Eschscholtz, 1829 is recorded for the first time from the Mediterranean Sea. The presence of this Indo-Pacific jellyfish in the Mediterranean is probably due to ship-mediated transport. A. globosa has been observed in Iskenderun Bay almost all year round from January 2011 until October 2011. This finding suggests that A. globosa has been established in this region.

Keywords: Alien jellyfish, Aequorea globosa, Iskenderun Bay, Mediterranean Sea