AN OCCURRENCE OF THE BLACKFISH, CENTROLOPHUS NIGER(GMELIN, 1789), IN ISKENDERUN BAY, (NORTHEASTERN MEDITERRANEAN, TURKEY)

An occurrence of the blackfish, Centrolophus niger (Gmelin, 1789), in Iskenderun Bay, (northeastern Mediterranean, Turkey)

Deniz Ergüden, Deniz Yağlıoğlu, Mevlüt Gürlek, Cemal Turan

Fisheries Faculty, Mustafa Kemal University, Iskenderun, Hatay, 31220, TURKEY

Abstract

A single specimen of the blackfish, Centrolophus niger (Gmelin, 1789), was recorded on25 March 2011 from the coast of Samandag in Iskenderun Bay (northeastern Mediterranean, Turkey). The present paper reports the first occurrence of the blackfish, C. niger, from the Mediterranean coast of Turkey.

Keywords: Blackfish, Centrolophus niger, Mediterranean Sea, Iskenderun Bay, Turkey