First record of the lionfish Pterois miles (Bennett 1828) from the Aegean Sea

Cemal Turan, Bayram Öztürk              

Marine Science and Technology Faculty, Iskenderun Technical University, Iskenderun, TURKEY
Faculty of Fisheries, Istanbul University, Istanbul, TURKEY
Turkish Marine Research Foundation (TUDAV), P.O. Box: 10, Beykoz, Istanbul, TURKEY


The lionfish Pterois miles (Bennett 1828) was observed by scuba diving in August 2015 at 11 m depth on sandy bottom in Dalyan on the Aegean Sea coast of Turkey. This is a lessepsian species entering the Mediterranean Sea through the Suez Canal. All urgent measures such as killing, eliminating and fishing are proposed to avoid the expansion of this venomous fish species in the Turkish waters and adjacent area.

Keywords: Aegean Sea, lessepsian migration, Pterois miles, Suez Canal,Turkey

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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


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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On the occurrence of Paradella dianae (Isopoda) in Fethiye Bay (Levantine Sea)

Fevzi Kırkım, Tahir Özcan,Tuncer Katağan                                                                                   

Department of Hydrobiology, Fisheries Faculty, Ege University, 35100 Bornova, Izmir, TURKEY
Department of Marine Sciences, Marine Sciences and Technology Faculty, İskenderun Technical University, 31200, Iskenderun, Hatay, TURKEY


A single specimen of Paradella dianae (Menzies 1962) (Isopoda, Flabellifera, Sphaeromatidae) was collected at the depths ranging 0-5 m on the rocky bottom of the Cape Dogan in Fethiye Bay on the Levantine Sea coast of Turkey on 9 July 2008. The alien isopod, P. dianae, is reported from Turkish coast for the first time.

Keywords: Paradella dianae, isopod, alien species, Fethiye Bay, Levantine Sea

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Record of reticulated leatherjacket, Stephanolepis diaspros Fraser-Brunner, 1940 (Tetradontiformes: Monacanthidae) from Izmir Bay, Aegean Sea, Turkey

Okan Akyol, Aytaç Özgül                                                              

Faculty of Fisheries, Ege University, 35440, Urla, Izmir, TURKEY


A specimen of lessepsian Stephanolepis diaspros, 177 mm in total length, was caught on 27 October 2014 by a commercial trammel net off Urla coast in Izmir Bay on sandy bottom at a depth of 6 m. This record is not only the first one but also the fifth lessepsian fish species found in Izmir Bay in the northern Aegean Sea.

Keywords: Reticulated leatherjacket, Stephanolepis diaspros, lessepsian, Izmir Bay, Aegean Sea

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First record of Lutjanus fulviflamma (Osteichthyes: Lutjanidae) in the Mediterranean Sea

Adriana Vella, Noel Vella, Sandra Agius Darmanin                                           

Conservation Biology Research Group, Department of Biology, University of Malta, Msida MSD2080, MALTA


This paper presents the first record of Dory snapper, Lutjanus fulviflamma in the Mediterranean Sea. The specimen was caught from Valletta Waterfront, Malta (Central Mediterranean) on the 15th of December 2013. The species was identified through morphometric and meristic characters. Genetic analyses of the mitochondrial DNA sequences (COI, CO2, ND4 and Cytb) verified the species’ identity, while phylogenetic analyses revealed that the specimen was of East African origin possibly finding its way into the Mediterranean Sea as a Lessepsian migrant through the Suez Canal due to the ongoing Erythrean invasion.

Keywords: Lutjanus fulviflamma, alien, genetics, Mediterranean, Malta

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Bioeroding sponge species (Porifera) in the Aegean Sea (Eastern Mediterranean)

Alper Evcen, Melih Ertan Çınar  

Department of Hydrobiology, Faculty of Fisheries, Ege University, 35100 Bornova, İzmir, TURKEY


In the present study, a total of 11 bioeroding sponge species belonging to 4 families were found on rocky substrata in Ildırı Bay (eastern Mediterranean), five of which (Dotona pulchellamediterraneaVolzia albicansDelectona madreporicaSiphonodictyon infestum and Thoosa mollis) are new records for the eastern Mediterranean fauna. The most abundant and frequent species in the area were Chondrosia reniformisSpirastrella cuntatrix and Cliona celata. The morphological and distributional features of the species that are new to the Turkish marine fauna are presented. In addition, a checklist of the bioeroding sponge species reported from the Mediterranean coasts to date is provided.

Keywords: Bioerosion, boring sponges, biodiversity, Mediterranean, Aegean Sea, Turkey

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Records of predatory, con-specific and human induced mauls on fish from the Northeast Atlantic and Black Sea

Violin Stoyanov Raykov, João Pedro Barreiros

Institute of Oceanology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 40 Parvi mai str., 9000 Varna, BULGARIA
CE3C – Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes / Azorean Biodiversity Group and Universidade dos Açores – Departamento de Ciências Agrárias, 9700-042 Angra do Heroísmo, PORTUGAL


Present study aims to describe records of mauled and con-specific injures in various fish inhabiting different environment and to discuss possible impacts on fish behavior and ontogenesis. The fish specimens were collected from the Black Sea and Azores Islands (NE Atlantic). Individuals of European flounder, Pleuronectes flesus, common stingray, Dasyatis pastinaca and turbot, Scophthalmus maximus with missing dorsal and caudal fins and flesh, were found in the Black Sea. Specimens with severe mauls of the ocean sunfish, Mola mola, almaco jack, Seriola rivoliana and sargo, Diplodus sargus were recorded from the Azores Islands. All of them were caught alive and survived severe mauls caused by predators or by accidents with propellers, fishing nets. The NE Atlantic records, although possibly caused by natural predation, are more probably than not the result of negative interactions with human activity. Numerous records of mauled fish species from both regions show that the problem with adverse effects of fisheries is quite important. Predatory and con-specific injuries obviously are compatible with basic fish vital functions of described cases. The problem with negative anthropogenic interactions seems to be insufficiently investigated and need more attention by responsible managers and decision makers.

Keywords: Black Sea, North Atlantic, mauls, predation, human activity

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Blocking of the upper layer flow in the Çanakkale (Dardanelles) Strait and its influence on fish catches

Murat Gündüz, Emin Özsoy                                                                                                                

Institute of Marine Sciences and Technology, Dokuz Eylül University, Izmir, TURKEY
Institute of Marine Sciences, Middle East Technical University, Erdemli, TURKEY


Migrating fish are challenged by a series of physical barriers as they pass through the Turkish Straits System (TSS) such as the strong mixing zones and blocking of water transport in the Straits. The possible influence of the Çanakkale (Dardanelles) Strait blocking on fish migration is investigated. For this purpose, a numerical ocean model of the TSS has been implemented to predict transports of water at the Çanakkale (Dardanelles) Strait. Results are used to investigate the relationship between the blocking events and wind stress magnitude and direction in the North Aegean Sea. The analysis showed that upper layer blocking occurs when the wind stress magnitude exceeds a certain threshold in the 0-70° sector. Inter-annual time-series of upper layer blocking events deduced from wind stress for the 1979-2013 periods was used as proxy variable found to be highly correlated with the fish catch in the Aegean Sea and the Black Sea.

Keywords: Çanakkale Strait, blocking events, Aegean Sea, fish catch

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Funda Turan, Senem Ozgun, Selin Sayın, Gul Ozyılmaz

Faculty of Marine Science and Technology, University of Mustafa Kemal, Iskenderun, Hatay, TURKEY
Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Literature, University of Mustafa Kemal, Hatay, TURKEY


The present study was aimed to determine total protein, total carbohydrate, total phenolic substances and pigment contents of some red and green seaweed or macroalgae collected from Iskenderun Bay, the northeastern Mediterranean coast of Turkey between April-June 2013. Totally five seaweed samples, three red (JaniarubensLaurencia papillosaLaurencia obtusa) and two green (Ulva lactucaCodium fragile), were analyzed. The highest protein content was obtained from L. obtusa (142.94±3.24 mg g-1) whereas the lowest protein content was obtained from J. rubens (13.82±0.58 mg g-1). The carbohydrate yields of macroalgae varied from 155.23±1.79 to 643.93±4.68 mg g-1, the maximum carbohydrate concentration was recorded from green alga, C. fragile, (643.93±4.68 mg g-1) followed by green alga, U. lactuca, (506.69±9.19 mg g-1). The total phenolic contents of seaweed varied from 0.053±0.01 to 0.529±0.11 mg g-1 and the maximum phenolic substance content was recorded from L. obtusa (0.529±0.11 mg g-1). The green alga, U. lactuca, showed the highest Chlorophyll-a and carotene content (2.905±0.12 and 0.941±0.04 mg g-1 respectively) among these seaweeds.

Keywords: Biochemical composition, red seaweed, green seaweed, Iskenderun Bay

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Vol.21 – 2015 – No.3

Funda Turan, Senem Ozgun, Selin Sayın, Gul Ozyılmaz
Murat Gündüz, Emin Özsoy
Violin Stoyanov Raykov, João Pedro Barreiros
Kasım Cemal Guven, Burak Coban, Ekrem Sezik, Huseyin Erdugan
Alper Evcen, Melih Ertan Çınar
Adriana Vella, Noel Vella, Sandra Agius Darmanin
Okan Akyol, Aytaç Özgül
Fevzi Kırkım, Tahir Özcan, Tuncer Katağan
Cemal Turan, Ali Uyan, Deniz Ergüden, Mevlüt Gürlek, Servet A. Doğdu, Necdet Uygur