Relative Growth of Erugosquilla massavensis and Clorida albolitura (Stomatopoda, Squillidae) from Northeastern Mediterranean of Turkey
- Country : Turkey
- Subject : Basic Science
A total of nine stomatopod crustaceans have been reported from the eastern Mediterranean, with the eight from the Turkey coasts and three from the Levantine coast of Turkey (Squilla mantis (Linnaeus,1758), Erugosquilla massavensis (Kossmann, 1880), Clorida albolitura (Ahyong & Naiyanetr, 2000). E. massavensis is the most successful Red Sea immigrant, and it is now the dominant eastern Levantine stomatopod. At this research, carapace length/total length- weight relationship of 2 Eritrean mantis shrimp, E. massavensis and C. albolitura was studied in Iskenderun Bay, in the Northeastern Mediterranean of Turkey. Samples were collected monthly from July 2014 to June 2015 (except February), using bottom trawl net into 0-50 m. E. massavensis samples were caught all studied time; except winter, C. albolitura samples were caught only in July, October and May's months. A total of 572 specimens of the E. massavensis and 38 specimens of the C. albolitura were collected. Morphometric equations for the conversions of total length and weight, carapace lengths were constructed for males, females, combined sexes for E. massavensis and C. albolitura. The b-values for total length (TL)-weight (W) in males and females for E. massavensis were 2.738 and 2.725 respectively and for carapace length (CL)-total length (TL) they were 1.041 and 0.978, relatively. The b-values (total length-weight) were determined for combined sexes of E. massavensis and C. albolitura as: 2.771, 2.982 relatively. In both species, the relative growth of weight and total length was found highly positively allometric. However, carapace length showed negative allometry in females of E. massiveness.