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The First Occurrence of Xanthochromic Fish, Diplodus sargus (Family: Sparidae) in the Eastern Mediterranean

Deniz Erguden*, Mevlüt Gürlek, Ferhat Kabaklı, Cemal Turan

DOI: 10.28978/nesciences.1098658

Abstract

A single specimen white seabream, Diplodus sargus (Linnaeus, 1758), was recorded on 11 November 2019 from the coast of Konacık (Arsuz) in the Iskenderun Bay (North-eastern Mediterranean, Turkey). This specimen was identified as a specimen of Diplodus sargus. Known as Xanthochromism, abnormal skin coloration is an unusually yellow pigmentation in fishes. It is often associated with the lack of usual red pigmentation and its replacement with yellow. The present paper reported the first occurrence of the xanthochromic specimen of Diplodus sargus from Turkey's Mediterranean coast.

Keywords

White seabream, Xanthochromism, Mediterranean Sea, Iskenderun Bay, Turkey

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