Notes on amphipods Caprella andreae Mayer, 1890 and Podocerus chelonophilus (Chevreux & Guerne, 1888) collected from the loggerhead sea turtle, Caretta caretta, off the Mediterranean and the Aegean coasts of Turkey

Sezgin M., ATEŞ A. S., Katagan T., Bakir K., Ozdilek S. Y.

TURKISH JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY, vol.33, no.4, pp.433-437, 2009 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 33 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.3906/zoo-0807-3
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.433-437
  • Keywords: Amphipod, Crustacea, sea turtle, epibiont, eastern Aegean Sea, eastern Mediterranean Sea, Turkey, CRUSTACEA
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: Yes


The present study reports the occurrence of 2 amphipod species, Caprella andreae Mayer, 1890 and Podocerus chelonophilus Chevreux & Guerne, 1888, that appeared on the carapace of the loggerhead turtle Caretta caretta (Linnaeus, 1758) in the eastern Mediterranean Sea (Levantine Sea). The amphipod specimens were found on a male Caretta caretta captured during experimental bottom studies conducted off Samandag, Hatay (the Turkish Mediterranean coast) on 7 April 2007. In addition, Caprella andreae Mayer 1890 was collected from the nets of fish cages off the Seferihisar (Aegean Sea) coast (38 degrees 11'32 '' N, 26 degrees 38'07 '' E). C. andreae is a first report for the amphipod fauna in Turkish seas.