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Ecological features of the lessepsian migrant Leonnates persicus (Polychaeta: Nereididae) from the Levant coast of Turkey
Ergev, M.B.; Çinar, M.E.; Mutlu, E.; Ergen, Z. (2003). Ecological features of the lessepsian migrant Leonnates persicus (Polychaeta: Nereididae) from the Levant coast of Turkey. J. Mar. Biol. Ass. U.K. 83(6): 1225-1226
In: Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. Cambridge University Press/Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom: Cambridge. ISSN 0025-3154, more
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Keywords
    Seasonal distribution; Leonnates persicus Wesenberg-Lund, 1949 [WoRMS]; Polychaeta [WoRMS]; MED, Turkey [Marine Regions]

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  • Ergev, M.B.
  • Çinar, M.E.
  • Mutlu, E.
  • Ergen, Z.

Abstract
    The seasonal distribution of Leonnates persicus was studied along depth transects (10-200 m) of three stations located in the Levant Sea during February-November 2000. Leonnates persicus particularly dominated the slightly gravelly sand bottom of stations between 10 and 150 m. Its distributional pattern showed a seasonal trend: it inhabited depths between 40 and 150 m in February and May when surface temperature was below 21°C, whereas it preferred shallower waters (10-60 m) during the warm season (>29°C in August). The density of the species in the area varied between 10 and 130 ind m−2, with a maximum at 25-30 m off Erdemli in August.

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