[MARMAM] New publication on the first record of True's beaked whale, Mesoplodon mirus, from the Mediterranean

Arda M. Tonay atonay at istanbul.edu.tr
Sat Jul 23 07:24:27 PDT 2016


Dear All,

Apologies for cross posting. 

We would like to inform you that the new paper on the first record of True's
beaked whale, Mesoplodon mirus, from the Mediterranean coast of Turkey has
been published in the Journal of Black Sea/Mediterranean Environment.

 

The paper is available online at the following page.
http://www.blackmeditjournal.org/index.php/component/k2/item/556

Alternatively, pdf requests can be sent to  <mailto:atonay at istanbul.edu.tr>
atonay at istanbul.edu.tr

 

Öztürk, A.A.,  Dede, A., Tonay, A.M., Danyer, E., Danyer, A.I, Özbek, Ö.E.,
Ercan, D., Öztürk, B. 2016. The first record of True's beaked whale,
Mesoplodon mirus, from the Mediterranean coast of Turkey during multiple
strandings in June 2016. Journal of Black Sea/Mediterranean Environment.
22(2): 194-199.

 

Abstract

Three strandings of beaked whales (Ziphiidae) were observed and reported
along the Mediterranean coast of Turkey in June 2016. The first specimen
(male, body length: 526 cm) was live stranding in Gökova Gulf on 3 June. The
second specimen (male, body length: 510 cm) found stranded on Seferihisar on
the Aegean Sea coast on 5 June. The third specimen (male, body length:
472+cm) was found on Yakacık, Gazipaşa on 20 June. They all had two teeth
exposed at the tip of the lower jaw. The mouth line and the slender shape of
the body are distinct from the Cuvier's beaked whale, Ziphius cavirostris,
which is a common species in the Mediterranean. The preliminary
identification of the species based on the external morphology is True's
beaked whale, Mesoplodon mirus True, 1913 which is the new record for the
Mediterranean Sea, at least for the first two specimens. The genetic
information, however, is strongly needed for the confirmation of this
species identification. The reason for these strandings was not prominent
but the military activities which took place in the eastern
Mediterranean-Aegean region may have some relations.

 

Regards

Arda

 

Arda M. TONAY Ph.D

Faculty of Fisheries, İstanbul University

Marine Biology Dep.

Ordu Cad. No:200 Laleli, 34480 İstanbul, Turkey

Tel: ­+90 212 455 5700/16459   Fax: +90 212 514 0379

atonay at istanbul.edu.tr   http://suurunleri.istanbul.edu.tr/

 

Turkish Marine Research Foundation (TUDAV)

P.O. Box 10 Beykoz, İstanbul, Turkey

Tel: +90 216 424 0772   Fax: +90 216 424 0771

 

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