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Turkish Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 2012, Vol 12, Num, 2     (Pages: 199-206)

Zoobenthic Crustaceans and Seasonal Distributions in Northern Coast of the Absheron Peninsula (Caspian Sea)

Alibayov Babek Cavanshiroglu 1 ,Aliyev Saleh Iltizamoglu 2 ,Ayşegül Mülayim 3

1 Baku State University, Department of Invertebrate Zoology, Baku, Azerbaijan
2 Laboratory of Hydrobiology, Institute of Zoology, Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, Baku, Azerbaijan
3 Istanbul University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biology, 34134 Vezneciler, Istanbul, Turkey
DOI : 10.4194/1303-2712-v12_2_02 Viewed : 4512 - Downloaded : 3554 The aim of this study was to determine the zoobenthic crustaceans in northern coast of the Absheron Peninsula of the Caspian Sea. Samples were collected using a scoop net, a scraper tool and a Petersen dredge at 0.5-2.5 m depths from 23 stations in eight transects located in northern coast of the Absheron Peninsula of the Caspian Sea between 2008 and 2010. A total of 30 benthic crustacean species belonging to 6 orders were recorded during the course of this study. Amphibalanusimprovisus, Niphargoides caspius and Palaemon elegans were the dominant species during the study. Primary hydrographic conditions, such as temperature (7.3-27.0ºC), salinity (12.3-12.9‰), dissolved oxygen (4.42-7.54 ml L-1) and pH (4.2-8.1) were recorded at each sampling station. Keywords : Caspian Sea, Absheron Peninsula, Crustaceans, Ecology