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Brachyuran crabs from Iskenderun Bay (southeastern Turkey)

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Research surveys were conducted monthly between July 2002 and June 2003 along the coast of Iskenderun Bay. A total of 1746 crabs were captured at 6 localities in depths of 4 to 50 m. Twenty different species were identified. Among these, Atergatis roseus (Rüppell, 1830), Charybdis helleri (A. Milne-Edwards, 1867), Charybdis longicollis Leene, 1938, Ixa monodi Holthuis & Gottlieb, 1956, Myra subgranulata Kossmann, 1877, and Portunus pelagicus (Linnaeus, 1758) are of Indo-Pacific origin. Nine species, Dromia personata (Linnaeus, 1758), Eriphia verrucosa (Forskål, 1775), Ethusa mascarone (Herbst, 1785), Liocarcinus depurator (Linnaeus, 1758), Liocarcinus navigator (Herbst, 1794), Macropodia rostrata (Linnaeus, 1761), Maja squinado (Herbst, 1788), Pachygrapsus marmoratus (Fabricius, 1787), and Portumnus latipes (Pennant, 1777) were recorded for the first time from this bay. The most abundant species found in the bay were Charybdis longicollis, Portunus pelagicus, and Callinectes sapidus Rathbun, 1896. Des suivis mensuels ont été réalisés entre juillet 2002 et juin 2003 le long de la côte de la baie d'Iskenderun. Un total de 1746 crabes ont été capturés dans 6 localités à des profondeurs de 4 à 50 m. Parmi ceux-ci, Atergatis roseus (Rüppell, 1830), Charybdis helleri (A. Milne-Edwards, 1867), Charybdis longicollis Leene, 1938, Ixa monodi Holthuis & Gottlieb, 1956, Myra subgranulata Kossmann, 1877, et Portunus pelagicus (Linnaeus, 1758) sont d'origine indo-pacifique. Neuf espèces, Dromia personata (Linnaeus, 1758), Eriphia verrucosa (Forskål, 1775),Ethusa mascarone (Herbst, 1785), Liocarcinus depurator (Linnaeus, 1758), Liocarcinus navigator (Herbst, 1794), Macropodia rostrata (Linnaeus, 1761), Maja squinado (Herbst, 1788), Pachygrapsus marmoratus (Fabricius, 1787) et Portumnus latipes (Pennant, 1777) ont été identifiés pour la première fois dans cette baie. Les espèces les plus abondantes rencontrées dans la baie étaient Charybdis longicollis, Portunus pelagicus, et Callinectes sapidus Rathbun, 1896.

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