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Turkish Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 2012, Vol 12, Num, 1     (Pages: 171-184)

Mollusc Fauna of Iskenderun Bay with a Checklist of the Region

Banu Bitlis Bakır 1 ,Bilal Öztürk 1 ,Alper Doğan 1-2 ,Mesut Önen 1

1 Ege University, Faculty of Fisheries, Department of Hydrobiology Bornova, Izmir DOI : 10.4194/1303-2712-v12_1_20 Viewed : 1872 - Downloaded : 1607 This study was performed to determine the molluscs distributed in Iskenderun Bay (Levantine Sea). For this purpose, the material collected from the area between the years 2005 and 2009, within the framework of different projects, was investigated. The investigation of the material taken from various biotopes ranging at depths between 0 and 100 m resulted in identification of 286 mollusc species and 27542 specimens belonging to them. Among the encountered species, Vitreolina cf. perminima (Jeffreys, 1883) is new record for the Turkish molluscan fauna and 18 species are being new records for the Turkish Levantine coast.

A checklist of Iskenderun mollusc fauna is given based on the present study and the studies carried out beforehand, and a total of 424 moluscan species are known to be distributed in Iskenderun Bay. Keywords : Levantine Sea, Iskenderun Bay, Turkish coast, Mollusca, Checklist