NEW RECORD OF GIANT DEVIL RAY, MOBULA MOBULAR(BONNATERRE, 1788) FROM THE GULF OF ANTALYA (EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN SEA)

New record of giant devil ray, Mobula mobular (Bonnaterre, 1788) from the Gulf of Antalya (Eastern Mediterranean Sea)

Nuri Başusta, Elif Özgür Özbek

Fisheries Faculty, Firat University, 23119, Elazig, TURKEY
Antalya Metropolitan Municipality, Directorate of City History and Promotion, Marine Biology Museum, Antalya, TURKEY
Turkish Marine Research Foundation (TUDAV), P.O. Box: 10, Beykoz, Istanbul, TURKEY

Abstract

On 10 March 2017, thirty individuals of giant devil ray, Mobula mobular, were caught accidentally by a commercial purse seiner at a depth of approximately 25 m off Beşadalar, the Gulf of Antalya. Of the thirty specimens, two are described in detail. M. mobular was recorded for the first time in the Gulf of Antalya (Eastern Mediterranean Sea).

Keywords: Mobula mobular, giant devil ray, elasmobranch, Gulf of Antalya, Eastern Mediterranean