Occurrence of trypanorhynch cestod in blackmouth catshark, Galeus melastomus Rafinesque, 1810 (Scyliorhinidae) from the Gulf of Antalya, Turkey    

Ercüment Genç, Emre Keskin, M. Cengiz Deval, M. Tunca Olguner, Doğukan Kaya, Nuri Başusta

Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Faculty of Agriculture, Ankara University, 06110, Diskapi, Ankara, TURKEY
Evalutionary Genetics Laboratory (EGL), Dep. of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Faculty of Agriculture, Ankara University, 06110, Diskapi, Ankara, TURKEY
Department of Fisheries and Fish Processing Technology, Fisheries Faculty, Akdeniz University, 07058 Antalya, TURKEY
Department of Basic Science, Marine Biology, Fisheries Faculty, Firat University, 23119 Elazig, TURKEY


Blackmouth catshark Galeus melastomus samples were collected using trawl operations from the deep sea area of the Gulf of Antalya, Turkey, in September and October 2016. The present study aims to clarify the status (prevalence and mean intensity) of endo-parasite infection in blackmouth catshark. All parasite specimens were identified as Grillotia sp. Guiart, 1927 (Grillotidae), Trypanorhyncha cestoda. Total length and weight of uninfectedfish (Nui=33) was 30.95 ± 2.06 cm was 26.86 ± 7.56 g, respectively. Total length and weight of infected fish (Ni=7) was 43.63 ± 6.60 cm, 266.22 ± 130.36 g, respectively. Total number of isolated parasite was 363, prevalence 21.67 ± 11.79% and mean intensity 58.50±20.51. This is the first documented report on the occurrence of Grillotia sp. in blackmouth catshark caught in the Gulf of Antalya, Turkey.

Keywords: Parasites, blackmouth catshark, Galeus melastomus, Antalya, Turkey

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Length-weight relationship and relative condition factor of white bream, Blicca bjoerkna (L., 1758), from Lake Ladik, Turkey

Savaş Yılmaz, Okan Yazıcıoğlu, Mesut Erbaşaran, Sinan Esen, Melek Zengin, Nazmi Polat

Department of Biology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Ondokuz Mayıs University, Kurupelit, Samsun, TURKEY


Length-weight relationship (LWR) and relative condition factor (Kn) of totally 434 white bream, Blicca bjoerkna (L., 1758) specimens, monthly collected in Lake Ladik between November 2009 and October 2010, were examined. Length-length relationships (LLRs) were also determined. The slopes of LWRs of females and males did not differ statistically in the same season, while they differed among the seasons. The positive allometric growth was observed in both sexes. The mean Kn values of females and males were not statistically different within season except in spring. The mean Kn showed an increase according to length classes. All LLRs were highly significant.

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Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Ege University, 35100 Bornova, Izmir, TURKEY
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Department of Fisheries, Faculty of Agriculture, Ankara University, 06110 Dışkapı, Ankara, TURKEY
Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Çanakkale, TURKEY


This study was carried out to evaluate the phenological changes resulting from external impacts on Posidonia oceanica meadows along the Aegean coast. Triplicate samples were collected from 17 stations at 8 and 10 m depths by SCUBA diving between April and June 1999. The water temperature was measured and sediment type was determined in the stations. The phenological parameters; shoot density, leaf number, leaf area index, leaf surface area, brown tissue surface area and total biomass were investigated. One of the most important descriptors of Posidonia, shoot density, showed supranormal values at the seven of the meadows while only two of them showed abnormal values. Beside the natural factors such as water temperature and sediment types, the possible environmental or antrophogenic impacts on phenological characters of Posidonia meadows were discussed.

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Life history of the Caspian seal and its current situation was investigated. Three of habitats of the Caspian seal were surveyed for the presence of the Caspian seals in 2010 and 2011 in Kazakhstan’s coastal region; Kosa Kenderli, Zmeyiniy Bay and Kosa Tyub Karagan. Kosa Kenderli was found to be a resting place for Caspian seals during seasonal migrations. The investigation and interviews with the fishermen reavealed that Zmeyiniy Bay was not preferred by the seals as a migration habitat due to the human activities near this area and the coastal settlements. During the eight-km survey carried out in the coastal area, six died seals were found in the Kosa Tyub-Karagan region. The specimens were measured and recorded, and the ages of two individuals were determined.

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Genetic pathway of colonization of Lessepsian lizardfish Saurida undosquamis populations on the way from the Red Sea to Mediterranean Sea was examined. The lizardfish (Saurida undosquamis) samples were collected from the Red Sea (Jeddah) and Mediterranean Sea (Syrian Coast (Lattakia Port), Iskenderun Bay, Mersin Bay, Antalya Bay), and analyzed using mtDNA 16S gene region with mtDNA PCR-RFLP method with 6 restriction enzymes (BsurI AluI, Hin6I, RsaI, XhoI, EheI). A total of 16 haplotypes were detected from 150 individuals. AAAAAA haplotype was the most common occurred in all sampling sites present in 40% of individuals. The average haplotype diversity and genetic diversity within populations were 0.4579 and 0.009179, respectively. The average genetic diversity and genetic divergence between populations were calculated 0.025294 and 0.016115, respectively. In Monte Carlo (X2) pairwise comparisons highly significant differences (P < 0.001) between all populations were detected. S. undosquamis showed high genetic changes on the pathway of its colonization from south to northward, and there is lack of genetic migration between the Red Sea and Mediterranean

Keywords: Colonization, Saurida undosquamis, Mediterranean, Indo-Pacific, mtDNA


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