Pre-assessment of zoobenthos diversity from the only hard coral Marine Reserve in the Turkish Seas (Canakkale Strait, Turkey)


oezalp H. B., Demir V., Evcen A., oenen-Tarantini S., Montesanto F., Erdogan S., ...More

REGIONAL STUDIES IN MARINE SCIENCE, vol.55, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 55
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.rsma.2022.102571
  • Journal Name: REGIONAL STUDIES IN MARINE SCIENCE
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, BIOSIS
  • Keywords: Cladocora caespitosa, MPA, Zoobenthos, Ecology, ?anakkale Strait, DARDANELLES MARMARA SEA, DECAPOD CRUSTACEANS, PROTECTED AREAS, AEGEAN SEA, COASTS, CHECKLIST, BIODIVERSITY, MOLLUSCA, ECHINODERMATA, BRACHIOPODA
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and their management have become more significant than ever due to the growing impacts of pollution, overfishing and illegal hunting activities in marine environments. Corals, as habitat forming species that create biodiversity hotspots, provide structural support, shelter and a nursery ground for associated biota. The present paper deals with the pre-assessment of invertebrate assemblages living in hard coral (Cladocora caespitosa) reef in the marine protected area (Dardanos Cladocora Reefs) of the Canakkale Strait. In the study (DarINVERTA7) conducted between 2017 and 2021, 62 benthic invertebrate species, belonging to eight taxonomic groups were reported for the first time from the region of which five species (Clathria (Clathria) compressa, Rynchozoon neapolitanum, Hornera frondiculata, Polycitor adriaticus and Aplidium nordmanni) were new for the Turkish coasts.(c) 2022 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.