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Short communication | Acta Natura et Scientia 2021, Vol. 2(1) 53-57

Some Observations on the Depth Range and Size of Devil Firefish Pterois miles (Bennett, 1828) (Scorpaenidae) in Silifke Mersin (Turkey)

Ertan Taskavak, Sule Gurkan & Burcu Taylan

pp. 53 - 57   |  DOI: https://doi.org/10.29329/actanatsci.2021.314.9   |  Manu. Number: MANU-2104-22-0004.R1

Published online: June 08, 2021  |   Number of Views: 13  |  Number of Download: 50


Abstract

In this study, we discussed the size of devil firefish Pterois miles (Bennett, 1828) specimen obtained from commercial fishermen who trawl off the coast of Taşucu, Silifke (36°3’32.70”N; 34°3’51.33”E). The obtained specimen was 335 mm in total length, 258 cm in standard length, and 0.696 kg in weight. The dissected specimen was a mature male. The testicles were weighed as 20.77 g and are in the third maturity stage. Additionally, during scuba diving to the underwater cave of Mersin Silifke, Beşparmak Island, a group of devil firefish was photographed at depths less than 15 meters. Contrary to many records on the hard rocky bottom at depths more than 20 meters, it has been observed by us that many anglers on the dock of Mersin Taşucu port were catching the devil firefish together with sympatric pufferfish (Lagocephalus sceleratus) in shallow waters of sandy bottom less than 3 meters at depth.

Keywords: Devil firefish, Pterois miles, Taşucu, Mersin, Invasive


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APA 6th edition
Taskavak, E., Gurkan, S. & Taylan, B. (2021). Some Observations on the Depth Range and Size of Devil Firefish Pterois miles (Bennett, 1828) (Scorpaenidae) in Silifke Mersin (Turkey) . Acta Natura et Scientia, 2(1), 53-57. doi: 10.29329/actanatsci.2021.314.9

Harvard
Taskavak, E., Gurkan, S. and Taylan, B. (2021). Some Observations on the Depth Range and Size of Devil Firefish Pterois miles (Bennett, 1828) (Scorpaenidae) in Silifke Mersin (Turkey) . Acta Natura et Scientia, 2(1), pp. 53-57.

Chicago 16th edition
Taskavak, Ertan, Sule Gurkan and Burcu Taylan (2021). "Some Observations on the Depth Range and Size of Devil Firefish Pterois miles (Bennett, 1828) (Scorpaenidae) in Silifke Mersin (Turkey) ". Acta Natura et Scientia 2 (1):53-57. doi:10.29329/actanatsci.2021.314.9.

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