Authors: HASAN BARIŞ ÖZALP, MUSTAFA ALPARSLAN
Abstract: The Scleractinian Cladocora caespitosa is reported for the first time from the Marmara Sea, Turkey. Five colonies of the elliptical Cladocora caespitosa were discovered at 7 m by scuba divers around Posidonia oceanica beds colonising a substrate of sand and rock. The colonies' characteristics were recorded with underwater apparatus with a close-up device and with a video system. The present paper provides the new updated area of the species on the Turkish coast.
Keywords: Scleractinian, Faviidae, Cladocora caespitosa, Marmara Sea, first record
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