FIRST RECORD OF BLUE CRAB CALLINECTES SAPIDUS (RATHBUN 1896) (CRUSTACEA, BRACHYURA, PORTUNIDAE) FROM THE TURKISH BLACK SEA COAST

First record of blue crab Callinectes sapidus (Rathbun 1896) (Crustacea, Brachyura, Portunidae) from the Turkish Black Sea coast

Deniz Yağlıoğlu, Cemal Turan, Tuba Öğreden

Marine Biology Laboratory, Department of Biology, Faculty of Arts and Science, Duzce University, Duzce, TURKEY
Marine Science and Technology Faculty, Mustafa Kemal University, Iskenderun, Hatay, TURKEY

Abstract

Two male specimens of blue crab Callinectes sapidus were captured by commercial gillnet fishery on 25 September and 2 November 2013 at a depth of 14.5 and 18 m from Düzce and Zonguldak on the Black Sea coast of Turkey, respectively. This is first documentation of C. sapidus from the Turkish coastal waters of the Black Sea.

Keywords: Blue crab, Callinectes sapidus, Black Sea, Turkish coastal waters

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