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Turkish Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 2017, Vol 17, Num, 7     (Pages: 1333-1346)

On the Relationship of Ostracod Species (Crustacea) to Shallow Water Ion and Sediment Phosphate Concentration Across Different Elevational Range (Sinop, Turkey)

Mehmet Yavuzatmaca 1 ,Okan Külköylüoğlu 1 ,Ozan Yılmaz 1 ,Derya Akdemir 2

1 Abant İzzet Baysal University, Faculty of Arts and Science, Bolu, Turkey
2 Marmara University, Faculty of Arts and Science, İstanbul, Turkey
DOI : 10.4194/1303-2712-v17_6_40 Viewed : 1771 - Downloaded : 1929 In order to investigate the relationship of freshwater ostracods with some of those physico-chemicals and sediment phosphate concentrations, 97 shallow aquatic bodies were sampled during July 2014 in the Sinop province (Turkey). A total of 3083 individuals belonging to 28 ostracod taxa are reported from 76 of 97 sites. While 24 of these taxa were firstly reported from the province, Bradleytriebella tuberculata is a newly reported species for Turkish Ostracoda fauna. Species diversity (H'=1.87) increased around the middle elevations (601-750 m) whereas it was decreased in low and high elevations. Results of ANOSIM analyses exhibited no significant difference among species composition of eight groups with 150 m elevational range (P>0.05). Cosmoecious species occurred in almost all elevational ranges whereas others seemed to prefer low to middle elevational ranges. A significant effect of water temperature, magnesium content of water, and total organic phosphate of sediments (P<0.05) were observed on ostracod assemblages. It appears that rather than number of sampling sites, habitat quality and spatial differences played critical roles on the species diversity. Keywords : Ostracoda, cosmoecious species, diversity, phosphate, bioindicator