Some morphometric features of congeneric pipefish species (Syngnathus abaster Risso 1826, Syngnathus acus Linnaeus, 1758) distributed in Lake Bafa (Turkey)

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Gürkan Ş. , İnnal D.

OCEANOLOGICAL AND HYDROBIOLOGICAL STUDIES, cilt.47, ss.239-247, 2018 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 47 Konu: 3
  • Basım Tarihi: 2018
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1515/ohs-2018-0023
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.239-247


The study was carried out between November 2014 and March 2016 to determine certain morphometric characteristics of two pipefish species occurring in Lake Bafa, Syngnathus abaster and Syngnathus acus. A total of 211 pipefish were captured during the sampling, including 77 individuals of S. abaster (female: 25; male: 44; immature: 8) and 134 individuals of S. acus (female: 31; male: 76; immature: 27). The male-female ratios were 1:1.76 and 1:2.45, respectively. A difference was found in sex ratios between the two species (p < 0.05). The mean length of the captured fish was 86.63 +/- 16.77 mm for S. abaster and 82.63 +/- 16.02 mm for S. acus and the relationship between the total length and weight, referred to as the length-weight relationship, was as follows: W = 0.00000001L(3.71) (R-2 = 0.89), and W = 0.000000007L(3.86) (R-2 = 0.83), respectively. Seven morphometric characteristics were analyzed. The analyses revealed that S. acus and S. abaster were significantly different from each other in terms of their body depth (p = 0.006; p < 0.05), mouth width (p = 0.004; p < 0.05) and height (p = 0.008; p < 0.05). High correlation values were obtained for TL/BD and TL/HD in S. abaster and S. acus, respectively (r > 1).