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Turkish Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 2019, Vol 19, Num, 10     (Pages: 837-845)

New Distribution Areas of Four Invasive Freshwater Fish Species from Turkish Thrace

Mufit Ozulug 1 ,Ozcan Gaygusuz 2 ,Cigdem Gursoy Gaygusuz 3 ,Gulsah Sac 1

1 Istanbul University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biology, 34134, Vezneciler, Istanbul, Turkey
2 Istanbul University, Faculty of Fisheries, Ordu Cad. No. 200, 34470, Laleli, Istanbul, Turkey
3 Trakya University, Keşan Vocational High School, 22800, Keşan, Edirne, Turkey
DOI : 10.4194/1303-2712-v19_10_03 Viewed : 714 - Downloaded : 633 In order to be able to assess the impact of invasive fish on native species and ecosystems, it is important to know their existing distribution areas. The Meriç River, which is fed by some other rivers from Greece and Bulgaria, is the 'open door' where invasive species enter Turkish inland waters through European part of Turkey. Due to this need, it was aimed to determine the new distribution areas of invasive C. gibelio, L. gibbosus, P. parva and G. holbrooki in Turkish Thrace. The field surveys were conducted in a total of 135 stations in Marmara and Meriç-Ergene basins. Carassiusgibelio and G. holbrooki were the species that expanded their distribution range the most; C. gibelio was captured from 24 stations and it was recorded as new to 15 localities while G. holbrookiwas captured from 17 stations and it was recorded as new to 15 localities. Lepomisgibbosuswas collected from Rezve and Sultanbahçe streams in Marmara Basin and it was recorded as new to these localities. Pseudorasboraparvawas collected from 10 stations and it was recorded as new to 9 localities. Keywords : Non-native, Stream, Transboundary waters, Biodiversity