Soft-bottom crustacean fauna from the Turkish coast of the Black and Marmara seas with new records

Aysegul Mulayim

Paper category: Original research paper
Corresponding author: Aysegul Mulayim (aysegulm@istanbul.edu.tr)
DOI: 10.2478/oandhs-2021-0007
Received: 30/07/2020
Accepted: 09/10/2020
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Citation: Mulayim, A. (2021). Soft-bottom crustacean fauna from the Turkish coast of the Black and Marmara seas with new records. Oceanological and Hydrobiological Studies, 50(1), 60-76. https://doi.org/10.2478/oandhs-2021-0007

Abstract

It is becoming increasingly important to monitor zoobenthic biodiversity in seas that are under industrial and anthropogenic pollution pressure, such as the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea. This study covers crustacean species in the Turkish waters of the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea, both of which are closed systems. Sampling was carried out in July–August 2019 and yielded 32 crustacean species from the Black Sea and 77 species from the Marmara Sea. In the Marmara Sea, two species [Kupellonura mediterranea and Leucon (Macrauloleucon) siphonatus] represent new records for the Turkish waters, and 12 species [Cirolana cranchii, Cumella (Cumella) pygmaea, Cyathura carinata, Cymodoce truncata, Eurydice pulchra, Gammaropsis sophiae, Harpinia truncata, Iphinoe serrata, Iphinoe trispinosa, Liocarcinus pusillus, Nebalia strausi and Synchelidium maculatum] are new to the Marmara Sea. The following species: Gammaropsis palmata, Pontocrates arenarius, and Synchelidium haplocheles are new records for the Black Sea. The order Amphipoda dominated in both seas in terms of the number of species and the number of individuals.

Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, Directorate General of EIA, Permit and Inspection, and the Department of Laboratory, Measurement and Monitoring within the framework of the “Integrated Marine Pollution Monitoring (2017–2019) Program” coordinated by TUBITAK – MRC ECPI. The author is grateful to Dr. Güley Kurt, Dr. Senem Çağlar and Dr. Iorgu Petrescu.

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