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Arthropods, 2013, 2(1): 20-25
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Exotic crustaceans of the Turkish coast

A. Suat Ates1, Tuncer Katagan2, Murat Sezgin3, Tahir Ozcan4
1Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Faculty of Marine Sciences and Technology 17100 Canakkale, Turkey
2Ege University, Fisheries Faculty 35100 Bornova, Izmir, Turkey
3Sinop University, Fisheries Faculty 57000 Sinop, Turkey
4Mustafa Kemal University, Fisheries Faculty 31200 Iskenderun, Hatay, Turkey

Received 11 October 2012;Accepted 15 November 2012;Published online 1 March 2013
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Abstract
A total of 50 exotic species (19 Brachyura, 19 Natantia, 2 Stomatopoda ,6 Amphipoda, 1 Cumacea, 2 Isopoda, and 1 Cirripedia) of crustaceans are reported from the Turkish coast. Exotic crustaceans of the Turkish Seas comprises of approximately 48% of the fauna constituted by invasive species, introduced from the Levantine basin of the Mediterranean. About 34% of invasive crustaceans found on the Turkish coast are Indo-west Pacific origin. Decapods constitute majority of the species with a dominance of 38%. Lowest dominace (2%) was related to orders, Cumacea and Cirripedia a being that were represented by single species. When Levantine basin was compared to the Turkey coast, the shrimp species reported on the Turkish coast were 70% of the shrimp species of all Levantine basin. The exotic migrant crab of Indo-West Pacific, Charybdis helleri was found abundant on the entire Turkish coast of the Mediterranean. Brachyuran crab, Eurycarcinus integrifrons and the oisk shrimp, Palaemonella rotumana are the latest records of exotics for the Turkish Seas.

Keywords exotic crustaceans;Turkish Seas.



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