First record of two deep-water fish, Bellottia apoda and Symphurus ligulatus in the Turkish Mediterranean Sea

Gramitto M. E., DEVAL M. C., Saygu I.

CYBIUM, vol.35, no.1, pp.75-76, 2011 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 35 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Journal Name: CYBIUM
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.75-76
  • Çukurova University Affiliated: No


The diversity of fish species in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea (Levant Basin) is quite low, particularly considering the deep-water species (Coll et al., 2010).

In this note we report the capture of two deep-sea species – Bel- lottia apoda Giglioli, 1883 and Symphurus ligulatus (Cocco, 1844) – which constitute new records in the Turkish Mediterranean Sea.

One specimen of each species was collected during deep-water trawl surveys recently carried out in the Bay of Antalya (Turkey) (Fig. 1). Trawling was carried out by the R/V “Akdeniz Su”. The specimens are deposited in the Akdeniz University Ichthyological Collection (AKU).