Confirmed Occurrence of Mola mola (Linnaeus, 1758) from Mersin Bay (Northeastern Mediterranean)
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CitationErgüden, D., Ayas, D. (2021). Confirmed Occurrence of Mola mola (Linnaeus, 1758) from Mersin Bay (Northeastern Mediterranean). Aquatic Sciences and Engineering, 36 (1), 11-14. https://doi.org/10.26650/ASE2020679865
n June 2018, a single female specimen of the Ocean sunfish, Mola mola (Linnaeus, 1758) (122 cm intotal length and 80 kg in weight) was caught by a commercial trammel net at a depth of 393 m inMersin Bay (Bozyazı coast), Turkey. This paper presents the first substantiated occurrence and hence,the confirmation of M. mola in the Northeastern Mediterranean, Turkey. Morphological and meristicmeasurements of the specimen were made and recorded with the catalog number MEUFC-18-11-101in the Museum of the Systematic in, Mersin University’s Faculty of Fisheries. Morphometric and meristic data matched other recordings of this species from parts of the Mediterranean, and the historical captured record of the species in the Mediterranean was documented.