Did Amphistegina lobifera Larsen reach the Mediterranean via the Suez Canal?

Meric E., Yokes M. B. , AVŞAR N., Kiyak N. G. , ÖNER E. , NAZİK A., ...More

QUATERNARY INTERNATIONAL, vol.401, pp.91-98, 2016 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 401
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.quaint.2015.08.088
  • Page Numbers: pp.91-98


It has been accepted by many researchers that Amphistegina lobifera Larsen migrated to the Mediterranean Sea via Suez Canal like many other Indo-Pacific originated foraminifers and organisms. This idea was also supported in the studies performed on the Turkish Aegean and Mediterranean coast in the last ten years, due to the discovery of alien benthic foraminifers. However, during field research in the Akkuyu (Mersin) region, a rich benthic foraminifera assemblage was found in the sediment samples, in which Amphistegina lobifera Larsen was abundant. In the present study, when and how Amphistegina lobifera Larsen migrated to the Mediterranean was investigated.