Document Type: Short communication

Authors

1 Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta 99628, North Cyprus via Mersin 10, Turkey

2 1Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta 99628, North Cyprus via Mersin 10, Turkey

3 Faculty of Fisheries, Mersin University, Yenişehir Campus, 33160, Mersin, Turkey

10.22120/jwb.2020.125103.1132

Abstract

Cheilodipterus novemstriatus (Rüppell, 1838), is native to the Indo-Pacific region. These species can be found mostly around the spines of Diadema setosum (Leske, 1778) between 0-40 m in depth. During a scientific diving survey in the Gulf of Iskenderun, a shoal of C. novemstriatus was sighted around a D. setosum. Some photographs of the fish and sea urchin were taken. This is the second study that reports these two species in a symbiotic relationship in Turkish waters. Also, these records show that the Mediterranean coasts are in a rapid tropicalization process, and the Lessepsian species quickly adapt to the Mediterranean.

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