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The occurrence of the Mediterranean soft coral Maasella edwardsi (Cnidaria, Anthozoa, Alcyonacea) in the Aegean Sea coasts of Turkey

  • H. Bariş Özalp (a1) and A. Suat Ateş (a1)
Abstract

The Mediterranean endemic coral Maasella edwardsi (de Lacaze-Duthiers, 1888) is recorded for the first time from the Aegean Sea coasts of Turkey. A dozen colonies of the species were observed on rocks and the rhizomes of Posidonia oceanica meadows during the coral surveys carried out between 2012 and 2014. This record shows the northernmost occurrence of species in terms of geographic distribution in the Turkish coasts. The number of known species for the Anthozoan fauna of Turkey has increased to 76 with this new record.

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Correspondence should be addressed to: H.B. Özalp, Faculty of Marine Science and Technology, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Çanakkale 17100, Turkey email: barisozalp@comu.edu.tr
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