New and confirmed records and rare occurrences of some deep sea fishes in the Turkish waters of the northern Aegean Sea (Mediterranean Sea)

Cem DALYAN, Onur GÖNÜLAL, Nur Bikem KESICI, Lütfiye ERYILMAZ, Sezginer TUNÇER, Alkan ÖZTEKIN

Abstract

There are very few locations in the Turkish waters which are suitable for deep sea investigations and the northern Aegean Sea is one of them. This study provides information on the distribution of some deep sea fish species, with their rare occurrences in the northern Aegean Sea. The study was conducted in the Turkish territorial and adjacent waters of the northern Aegean Sea between the years of 2011 and 2019. The aim of this study was to investigate the fishes of depth zones below 200 meters. The results of the study revealed range expansions of some of the deep sea teleost as well as the first and the second record of some species in the Turkish waters of the northern Aegean Sea. This study also includes the confirmed records of Lestidiops sphyrenoides (Risso, 1820) and Epigonus denticulatus Dieuzeide, 1950 from the Aegean Sea, first records of Lophotus lacepede Giorna, 1809 and Stomias boa (Risso, 1810) in the Turkish waters of the Northern Aegean Sea as well as the second records of Nemichthys scolopaceus Richardson, 1848, Ceratoscopelus maderensis (Lowe, 1839), Lampanyctus crocodilus (Risso, 1810), Lepidion lepidion (Risso, 1810) and Epigonus constanciae (Giglioli, 1880).

Keywords

Deep Sea Teleosts, Deepest Record, Rare Fish, Myctophiidae.

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