FIRST RECORD OF THE MOON CRAB ASHTORET LUNARIS (FORSKÅL 1775) FROM TURKISH WATERS

First record of the moon crab Ashtoret lunaris (Forskål 1775) from Turkish waters

Cemal Turan, Ali Uyan, Deniz Ergüden, Mevlüt Gürlek, Servet A. Dogdu, Necdet Uygur

Marine Sciences and Technology Faculty, Iskenderun Technical University, TR31220 Iskenderun, Hatay, TURKEY
Maritime Vocational School, Iskenderun Technical University, Iskenderun, Hatay, TURKEY

Abstract

The first record of the moon crab Ashtoret lunaris (Forskål 1775) is reported for the Turkish waters. Four specimens of A. lunaris were captured in Iskenderun Bay, Northeastern Mediterranean coast of Turkey at depth about 17m by gill net on 18 August 2015. The moon crab is the first non-native crab from the family Matutidae established in the Turkish coast.

Keywords: Moon crab, Ashtoret lunaris, first record, Turkish waters, lessepsian migrant

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