Seasonal analysis of zoobenthos associated with a Zostera marina L. bed in Gulbahce Bay (Aegean Sea, Turkey)


Çınar M. E. , ERGEN Z., Ozturk B. , KIRKIM F.

MARINE ECOLOGY-PUBBLICAZIONI DELLA STAZIONE ZOOLOGICA DI NAPOLI I, vol.19, no.2, pp.147-162, 1998 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 19 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 1998
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/j.1439-0485.1998.tb00459.x
  • Title of Journal : MARINE ECOLOGY-PUBBLICAZIONI DELLA STAZIONE ZOOLOGICA DI NAPOLI I
  • Page Numbers: pp.147-162

Abstract

A seasonal sampling of three stations in Gulbahce Bay (Aegean Sea) for the zoobenthic organisms associated with a Zostera marina bed was carried out during 1993-94. Temperature, salinity and oxygen were recorded each sampling period. A total of 7 taxonomic groups were determined: Polychaeta was the dominant group comprising 77 % of the total taxa and individuals, followed by Crustacea, Bivalvia and other groups such as Nemertea, Sipuncula, Turbellaria and Phoronida. Of the 108 taxa encountered, the polychaetes Notomastus latericeus and Caulleriella alata accounted for 49 % of the total populations. The species abundance did not show major changes among seasons, with highest values in fall (982 indiv.. m(-3) and lowest in spring (754 indiv.. m(-3) Diversity and evenness of the samples were relatively high and fairly constant, and were affected by the dominance levels of the species.