FIRST RECORD OF MARSUPENAEUS JAPONICUS (BATE, 1888) (CRUSTACEA: DECAPODA: PENAEIDAE) FROM THE WESTERN COAST OF THE TURKISH BLACK SEA

First record of Marsupenaeus japonicus (Bate, 1888) (Crustacea: Decapoda: Penaeidae) from the western coast of the Turkish Black Sea

Bülent Topaloğlu, Bayram Öztürk

Department of Marine Biology, Faculty of Aquatic Sciences, Istanbul University, TURKEY
Turkish Marine Research Foundation, P.O. Box 10, Beykoz, Istanbul, TURKEY

Abstract

Marsupenaeus japonicus (Bate, 1888) is one of the alien species in the Mediterranean Sea introduced from the Indo-Pacific through the Suez Canal. The present study reports this species for the first time from the Turkish part of the Black Sea. This species was intentionally introduced to the Sea of Marmara in the 1960’s. It is assumed that the species was possibly introduced through the Istanbul Strait to the Black Sea.

Keywords: Marsupenaeus japonicus, Black Sea, alien species, biodiversity

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