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


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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An unusual interaction between bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) and a harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena)

Arda M. Tonay, Ayhan Dede, Ayaka Amaha Öztürk

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


This short communication reports an observation of unusual non-agonistic interactions between a juvenile harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) and a group of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the Marmara Sea on 25 April 2015.

Keywords: Cetacea, Istanbul Strait (Bosphorus), interspecific association

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The first finding of Sabella pavonina (Annelida: Sabellidae) in the Black Sea

Natalya Boltachova, Elena Lisitskaya, Nelli Sergeeva

Kovalevsky Institute of Marine Biological Research RAS, 2, Nakhimov avenue, Sevastopol, 299011, RUSSIA


Sabella pavonina Savigny, 1920 (Annelida, Sabellidae) was recorded for the first time in the pre-bosphoric region of the Black Sea in 2010. One specimen of this species was encountered among samples collected at 82 m depth during the cruise 15/1 of RV «Maria S. Merian» (Germany). The specimen found is morphologically similar to the deep-water populations of S. pavonina in the Mediterranean Sea.

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The northward expansion of Synaptula reciprocans (Echinodermata) in the Mediterranean Sea

Michail Ragkousis, Dimitra Marmara, Halit Filiz, Umut Uyan, Sezginer Tuncer, Georgios Romanidis-Kyriakidis, Ioannis Giovos

Department of Biology, University of Southern Denmark, DK-5230 Odense, DENMARK
iSea, Environmental Organization for the Preservation of the Aquatic Ecosystems, 11, Ochi Av., 55438 Ag. Pavlos, Thessaloniki, GREECE
Department of Basic Sciences, Mugla Sitki Kocman University, 48000, Mugla, TURKEY
Department of Marine Biology, Pukyong National University, Busan 48513, SOUTH KOREA
Department of Marine Science and Limnology, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, 17100 Canakkale, TURKEY


Synaptula reciprocans was reported in the Mediterranean Sea for the first time back in 1986. Since then there have been numerous reports, following the species’ gradual expansion and establishment in the eastern Mediterranean basin. Here we report, by using citizen science methods, from the project titled “Is it Alien to you? Share it” of iSea, the most recent known expansion sites of S. reciprocans, including its new northern-most frontier. Furthermore, the provided photographic evidence testifies for possible interspecies relationships, for the first time.

Keywords: Synaptula reciprocans, invasive, Aegean Sea, Mediterranean Sea

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Occurrences of Pterois miles (Bennett, 1828) between 1992 and 2016 from Turkey and the Mediterranean Sea

Gökçen Bilge, Halit Filiz, Sercan Yapıcı

Faculty of Fisheries, Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University, 48000, Kötekli, Muğla, TURKEY


The devil firefish, Pterois miles (Bennett, 1828), is an invasive venomous Lessepsian fish species with a wide distribution within tropical waters of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. The first Mediterranean record of P. miles was reported from Haifa Bay in 1991 and 22 years later, two specimens were reported from the Lebanese coast. Even though this species is considered as rare in the Mediterranean Sea up to 2015, it was recorded with an increasing rate from the Mediterranean coast of Turkey recently. In this study, a review of the scientific reports is given in the Mediterranean Sea with the reports of P. miles sightings on electronic social media, which were photographed by local divers in the Turkish coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Date of sighting, locality, depth, water temperature and other information were also recorded. The aim of the present study is to compile information about the increasing occurrence of the species in the Turkish coasts of the Mediterranean Sea.

Keywords: Devil firefish, Lessepsian fish, biological invasion, Mediterranean Sea

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Determination of phenol in the sediments of the Turkish Black Sea coasts

Kasım Cemal Güven, Burak Çoban

Turkish Marine Research Foundation (TUDAV), 34820, Beykoz, Istanbul, TURKEY
Bulent Ecevit University, Faculty of Science and Letters, Department of Chemistry, 67100, Zonguldak, TURKEY


Phenol pollution in the sediments of the eastern and western part of the Turkish Black Sea coasts was identified by GC/MS and determined by colorimetric methods. The phenol levels were found as 3.773 and 3.754 (µg/g) in the western part, 0.0334 (µg/g) in the eastern part. It is the first finding for phenol contamination in the sediments of the Turkish Black Sea coasts.

Keywords: Phenol, pollution, Turkish Black Sea

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Vol.23 – 2017 – No.3

Determination of phenol in the sediments of the Turkish Black Sea coasts 
Kasım Cemal Güven, Burak Coban

Occurrences of Pterois miles (Bennett, 1828) between 1992 and 2016 from Turkey and the Mediterranean Sea 
Gökçen Bilge, Halit Filiz, Sercan Yapıcı

The northward expansion of Synaptula reciprocans (Echinodermata) in the Mediterranean Sea  
Michail Ragkousis, Dimitra Marmara, Halit Filiz, Umut Uyan, Sezginer Tuncer, Georgios Romanidis-Kyriakidis, Ioannis Giovos

The first finding of Sabella pavonina (Annelida: Sabellidae) in the Black Sea 
Natalya Boltachova, Elena Lisitskaya, Nelli Sergeeva

An unusual interaction between bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) and a harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena)
Arda M. Tonay, Ayhan Dede, Ayaka Amaha Öztürk

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