Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 9, Issue 1,2011
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255

The grazing effect of Siganus luridus Rüppell, 1828 on Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile, 1813 meadows in Turkish Mediterranean coast (Gazipaşa/Antalya)


Yasar Ozvarol 1*, O. Osman Ertan 2, I. Ismail Turna 2

Recieved Date: 2010-10-30, Accepted Date: 2011-01-07


Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile is a flowering plant not algae. It lives according to water clarity in sandy bottom, at depths from 1 to 40 m of the Mediterranean. The lessepsian fish, Siganus luridus (Rüppell, 1828) are common herbivores in the eastern Mediterranean, where they adapted themselves to the new environment. This member of Siganidae have considerably modified their diet to adapt themselves to new plant and algal resources. It appears that in the Eastern Mediterranean of Turkey (Gazipasa) Sluridus seems to select P. oceanica as an major food and they gradually destroy P. oceanica meadows.


Posidonia oceanica, Siganus luridus, Mediterranean Sea, Gazipasa, Turkey

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2011
Volume: 9
Issue: 1
Category: Environment
Pages: 531-533

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