The alien ascidian Styela clava now invading the Sea of Marmara (Tunicata: Ascidiacea)

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ZOOKEYS, ss.1-10, 2016 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier


During the implementation of a large project aimed to investigate the benthic community structures of the Sea of Marmara, specimens of the invasive ascidian species Styela clava were collected on natural substrata (rocks) at 10 m depth at one locality (Karamursel) in Izmit Bay. The specimens were mature, containing gametes, indicating that the species had become established in the area. The Sea of Marmara seems to provide suitable conditions for this species to survive and form proliferating populations.