A STUDY ON MORPHOMETRIC CHARACTERISTICS OF OTOLITH FOR A NEW MAXIMUM LENGTH RECORD OF THE BLUEFISH (POMATOMUS SALTATRIX, LINNEAUS 1766) IN THE SEA OF MARMARA

A study on morphometric characteristics of otolith for a new maximum length record of the bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix, Linneaus 1766) in the Sea of Marmara

Habib Bal, Telat Yanık, Dilek Türker

Livestock Research Institute, Department of Fisheries, Bandırma, Balıkesir, TURKEY
Department of Aquaculture, Fisheries Faculty, University of Atatürk, Erzurum, TURKEY
Department of Biology, Faculty of Science and Arts, University of Balıkesir, Balıkesir, TURKEY

Abstract

This study reports a third maximum length record for bluefish Pomatomus saltatrix (Linnaeus, 1766) for the Turkish water. The P. saltatrix specimen was captured in the Biga Peninsula in the southwestern Sea of Marmara. Its length was 73.4 cm and weight was 3600 g. The age was determined by the otolith as 6 years old. This is the first study to examine otolith of such a large specimen in Turkey.

Keywords: Bluefish, Pomatomus saltatrix, maximum length, Sea of Marmara

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