Fish larvae assemblages of Gokceada Island, North Aegean Sea: effect of weekly sampling interval on their incidences


TURKISH JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY, vol.44, no.2, pp.165-172, 2020 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 44 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.3906/zoo-1907-46
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, Geobase, Veterinary Science Database, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.165-172
  • Keywords: Fish larvae, biomass, species richness, sampling frequency, Northeastern Aegean Sea, SARDINA-PILCHARDUS, ALLOMETRIC GROWTH, VARIABILITY, ABUNDANCE, PATTERNS
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: Yes


The species composition and temporal variations of fish larvae in shallow waters (<20 m) of Gokceada Island located in the North Aegean Sea were studied weekly using WP-2 plankton nets. In this study, a total of 2281 fish larvae belonging to 31 families and 55 species were sampled. The highest biomasses for families were for Clupeidae, Myctophidae, Engraulidae, and Sparidae, whereas the highest species richness for families were for Sparidae, Myctophidae, and Labridae. Sardine pilchardus larvae were the most predominant larval species with a total biomass of 8036.1 ind./1000 m(3)(55.1%). Significant differences in larval biomass were evident between the months, whereas there were no differences evident between species richness. Biomass and species richness of fish larvae were highest in the winter and summer. Compared with similar studies carried out on larger geographical areas, similar species diversity and biomass were also found in this study. It was observed that the occurrence of some larvae species that had shorter spawning duration increased with the frequent sampling interval.