Melih Ertan Çinar

Melih Ertan Çinar
Ege University · Faculty of Fisheries

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Introduction
I have been mainly working on polychaetes, benthic community structures and alien species along the coasts of Turkey and Mediterranean Sea.
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September 1991 - present
Ege University
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Publications (242)
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The present study reports the first occurrence of an alien glycerid polychaete worm, Glycera cinnamomea (Polychaeta: Glyce-ridae) in the Mediterranean Sea. Only one specimen of this species was collected on April 2021 on the shallow-water sandy mud substratum (9 m depth) in the western part of Mersin Bay, near Taşucu Turkey(in the Eastern Mediterra...
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The present paper deals with the diversity of nephtyid polychaetes (Nephtyidae) from the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea. Three species belonging to two genera (Micronephthys and Nephtys) were found in the Black Sea (coast of Turkey) and six species belonging to three genera (Inermonephtys, Micronephthys and Nephtys) were found in the Sea of Marma...
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A spring 2021 cruise to the south Marmara Islands revealed a mass mortality event of Pinna nobilis, which had been reported to be healthy just seven months ago. The cause of death might be associated with an epidemic disease or a catastrophic mucilage event seen after November 2020 in the Sea of Marmara. A total of 191 Pinna nobilis individuals wer...
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This study presents the first comprehensive assessment of alien species occurrences within the selected 11 Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) located on the Aegean and Levantine coasts of Turkey. The inventory includes a total of 289 species belonging to 15 phyla, in which lowest and highest diversities were observed in Saros Bay MPA (27 species, northe...
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The fan mussel (or pen shell), Pinna nobilis, is an emblematic large bivalve, endemic to the Mediterranean Sea. Due to various anthropogenic impacts, its populations had substantially decreased the last century, which led to its strict protection by international and national legislative instruments since the 1990s. Since 2016, P. nobilis has been...
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The present study reports polychaetes that bore into limestone rocks along the east coast of the Aegean Sea (eastern Mediterranean). Rock materials were collected at two depth intervals (0–5 and 5–10 m) at 15 stations in four localities of Ildırı Bay. A total of 276 specimens belonging to 12 species and four families (Eunicidae, Spionidae, Cirratul...
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The 2020's update of marine alien species list from Turkey yielded a total of 539 species belonging to 18 taxonomic groups, 404 of which have become established in the region and 135 species are casual. A total of 185 new alien species have been added to the list since the previous update of 2011. The present compilation includes reports of an asci...
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A total of 12 Pinna nobilis beds were found and studied at depths between 2 and 6 m in the south Marmara Islands (Sea of Marmara). Fan mussel individuals in the beds were healthy with a few old dead specimens, indicating that the epidemic, which has devastated P. nobilis populations in the Mediterranean Sea, has not reached the Sea of Marmara, maki...
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The present study deals with the diversity of the genus Levinsenia in the Sea of Marmara. The specimens of Levinsenia were collected on soft and hard substrata at depths ranging from 10 to 500 m at 98 stations in 2013. Among the material, two new species, namely Levinsenia longobranchiata n. sp. and L. vulgaris n. sp., and five already known specie...
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This paper reports 13 Aricidea species from the Sea of Marmara. The Aricidea specimens were collected at 98 stations in the region in 2012 and 2013 from soft and hard substrata at depths ranging from 0 to 1200 m. Among the material, two new species, namely Aricidea (Acmira) katzmanni n. sp. and Aricidea (Acmira) pseudoassimilis n. sp., and 11 known...
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The present study deals with benthic community structures of mussel beds (Mytilus galloprovincialis) in the Sea of Marmara, including the Çanakkale and İstanbul Straits. The Sea of Marmara's mussel beds were mainly formed by small-sized mussel individuals (shell length <4 cm). Macrobenthic species associated with the mussels support high diversity...
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• 1. The coralligenous habitat was studied at the large Mediterranean scale, by applying a standardized, non‐destructive photo‐sampling protocol, developed in the framework of the CIGESMED project. • 2. The results provided evidence to support the following statements: (a) the assemblage pattern is not homogeneously distributed across the four Medi...
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Within a surveillance programme for the detection of invasive alien species, many benthic samples were randomly collected from several ports located in the inner and middle parts of Izmir Bay. A total of four sponge species (Sycon raphanus, Sycon ciliatum, Paraleucilla magna and Dysidea fragilis) were found on the artificial hard substrata. Paraleu...
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The present paper deals with the occurrence of Paraonis fulgens on the coast of Turkey. Three specimens of this species were found at 4 m on sandy mud bottom in İskenderun Bay, northeast Levantine Sea. The morphological and distributional features of the species were given. The present study firstly described a ventral lobe on segments in the famil...
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Good datasets of geo-referenced records of alien species are a prerequisite for assessing the spatio-temporal dynamics of biological invasions, their invasive potential, and the magnitude of their impacts. However, with the exception of first records on a country level or wider regions, observations of species presence tend to remain unpublished, b...
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Good datasets of geo-referenced records of alien species are a prerequisite for assessing the spatio-temporal dynamics of biological invasions, their invasive potential, and the magnitude of their impacts. However, with the exception of first records on a country level or wider regions, observations of species presence tend to remain unpublished, b...
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Good datasets of geo-referenced records of alien species are a prerequisite for assessing the spatio-temporal dynamics of biological invasions, their invasive potential, and the magnitude of their impacts. However, with the exception of first records on a country level or wider regions, observations of species presence tend to remain unpublished, b...
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1. The disproportionately low presence of marine species in the list of invasive alien species (IAS) of Union concern of the European Union (EU) Regulation 1143/2014 does not fully acknowledge the threat they pose to the EU marine environment. 2. In this study, the first EU-scale Horizon Scanning (HS) focusing on marine alien species was performed,...
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1. The disproportionately low presence of marine species in the list of invasive alien species (IAS) of union concern of the European Union (EU) Regulation 1143/2014 does not fully acknowledge the threat they pose to the EU marine environment. 2. In this study, the first EU-scale horizon scanning focusing on marine alien species was performed, aimi...
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Symplegma is a genus of compound ascidians (Fam. Styelidae) with warm water affinities and distribution in tropical and subtropical waters of the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Oceans. The first record of this genus (as S. viride) in the Mediterranean was from 1951 in the Levantine Sea, presumably entering the basin from the Red Sea through the Suez...
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This paper deals with the occurrence of Niphates toxifera (Porifera) on the Levantine coast of Turkey. This species was originally described from the coast of Lebanon and was known to be confined to a restricted area (Beirut-Syria-Israel). In February 2019, three specimens of this species were photographed and collected at 10-15 m on rocks (includi...
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For almost a century, Parazoanthus axinellae (Schmidt, 1862) has been studied in the Western Mediterranean basin and the Adriatic Sea. Although this is a very common species, one that has been widely recorded in many papers focusing on benthic ecology, its taxonomy has never been properly resolved. From our point of view, several taxa have been err...
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The present study deals with the diversity of the genus Paradoneis (Annelida: Paraonidae) from the Sea of Marmara. Examination of materials collected from various soft and hard substrata from depths between 10 and 1200 m in the region revealed the presence of four species, among which one was already known from the region (P. ilvana), one was a new...
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The present paper includes four new records of polychaete species to the marine fauna of the Black Sea: Malmgrenia lilianae, Salvatoria cf. dolichopoda, Polydora agassizi and Aricidea (Acmira) simonae. In addition, four species, namely Pisione remota, Pterocirrus macroceros, Polydora cornuta and Saccocirrus papillocercus, are new records for the Bl...
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Macrozoobenthic invertebrates in three submarine caves of the Aegean Sea: Preliminary results
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The present study describes two new genera, six new species and three new records from the Sea of Marmara. The new genus Marmara gen. nov. belonging to the family Sagartiidae is mainly characterized by having conspicuous muscular belts along the column and the absence of suckers and tenaculi on the body wall. The genus Charisactis gen. nov. belongi...
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The present paper deals with the description of specimens of a new species of Pseudobranchiomma Jones, 1962 collected from the Sea of Marmara between 50 and 100 m depths, a genus that, up to now, is represented within the Mediterranean area by only one species. The new species is mainly characterized by having radioles without serrations, well-deve...
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The present paper deals with the occurrence of the red coral Corallium rubrum along the coasts of Turkey. Dead colonies of the species were found in the northern Aegean (one location in Gökçeada) and Levantine Seas (three locations) between 45 and 110 m depths, and living colonies were only observed in the northern Aegean Sea (one location in Gökçe...
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This paper deals with specimens of Cirrophorus collected from the depths ranging from 3 to 500 m in 2012 and 2013 in the Sea of Marmara, Turkey. Among the material, one new species and two already known species were found. The new species is mainly characterized by having long and clavate notopodial postchaetal lobes in the branchial region; red sp...
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The sponge fauna of the Black Sea is poorly studied up to date. The examination of the existing literature on the Black Sea sponges showed that the number of species known from this area is around 80. Most of these species have been recorded by old studies in the early 20th century. Thirteen species seem to be endemic to the Black Sea and five s...
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Posidonia oceanica is a sea grass endemic to the Mediterranean Sea. Its complex rhizome network and large leaves provide a variety of microhabitats for benthic species. The studies on the sponge diversity associated with P. oceanica are scarce and limited with some areas in the Mediterranean Sea. The present study aims to elucidate the sponge commu...
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In order to determine the morphometric and meristic characteristics of the population of the lessepsian polychaete, Leodice antennata distributed along the coast of the Turkish Levantine Sea, benthic samples were collected from 168 stations (0-200 m) in September-October 2005. The total body length, the width of the 10th chaetiger, the length of th...
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Distributional features of Eunicidae (Annelida, Polychaeta) along the Levantine coast of Turkey were assessed based on data derived from qualitative and quantitative samples collected in various substrata, habitat and depths (0–100 m). The examined material contained 12 species and 4644 individuals belonging to five genera (Eunice, Leodice, Lysidic...
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The meticulous revision by taxonomic experts of established alien species in the Mediterranean resulted in a major revision of the list proposed by Galil et al. (2016), with 72 species to be excluded (35 species categorised as non-established and 37 as not true aliens), and 71 species added to the list. Consequently, by year 2016 the total number o...
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The invasive alien mytilid species, Brachidontes pharaonis, forms a biogenic habitat in the mediolittoral and upperinfralittoral zones of the Levantine Sea, hosting a number of alien and native species. Examinations of samples taken from dense, continuous mussel beds at seven stations along the coast of northern Levantine Sea yielded 187 macro-bent...
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The European Red List of Habitats provides an overview of the risk of collapse (degree of endangerment) of marine, terrestrial and freshwater habitats in the European Union (EU28) and adjacent regions (EU28+), based on a consistent set of categories and criteria, and detailed data and expert knowledge from involved countries1. A total of 257 benthi...
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Coralligenous is a hard-bottom mainly biogenic habitat, produced by the agglomeration of calcareous encrusting algae growing in dim-light conditions. It is characterized by high structural complexity and spatial heterogeneity, thus supporting rich biodiversity and a variety of sessile assemblages, shaping a typical and one of the most important hab...
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A new species of Lumbrineridae, Augeneria profundicola sp. nov. is described based on one specimen taken from 950 m depth on muddy bottom off Gökçeada Island (northern Aegean Sea). This new species is characterized by having seven small nuchal antennae arranged in a circle line on the prostomium and bidentate maxilla II. The morphological features...
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Background Over the last decade, inventorying and monitoring of marine biodiversity has significantly benefited from the active engagement of volunteers. Although several Citizen Science projects concern tropical reef ecosystems worldwide, none of the existing initiatives has yet specifically focused on their Mediterranean equivalents. Mediterranea...
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Background Over the last decade, inventorying and monitoring of marine biodiversity has significantly benefited from the active engagement of volunteers. Although several Citizen Science projects concern tropical reef ecosystems worldwide, none of the existing initiatives has yet specifically focused on their Mediterranean equivalents. Mediterranea...
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CIGESMED για δύτες, πολίτες-επιστήμονες για το πρόγραμμα παρακολούθησης των κοραλλιγενών οικοτόπων
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CIGESMED for divers – Citizen Science for CIGESMED
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CIGESMED pour les plongeurs – Les sciences participatives pour CIGESMED
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CIGESMED per i subacquei - Citizen science per CIGESMED
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CIGESMED for divers – Citizen Science for CIGESMED
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Dalgıçlar için CIGESMED – CIGESMED için Vatandaş Bilimi
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Dalgıçlar için CIGESMED – CIGESMED için Vatandaş Bilimi
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CIGESMED για δύτες, πολίτες-επιστήμονες για το πρόγραμμα παρακολούθησης των κοραλλιγενών οικοτόπων
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CIGESMED pour les plongeurs – Les sciences participatives pour CIGESMED
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CIGESMED per i subacquei - Citizen science per CIGESMED
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The European Alien Species Information Network (EASIN) aims to facilitate the exploration of alien species information in Europe, and is recognized as the information system supporting European Union Member States in the implementation of the recently published Invasive Alien Species Regulation. In this paper, we present the role and activities of...
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The invasive alien mytilid species, Brachidontes pharaonis, dominates the medio-littoral and upper-infrallitoral zones of the Levantine Sea. It forms a biogenic habitat in the area and host a number of alien and native species. Three-replicated samples of Brachidontes pharaonis were taken by a quadrate of 20x20 cm in dimension at 7 stations along t...
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Turkey During 2011-2015, several scuba divings and snorkelling were performed to elucidate the sponge diversity in Ildır Bay, where intense fish farming activities take place. Forth is aim, several habitats including Posidonia oceanica and coralligenous were sampled at depths ranging from 0 to 30 m. In the field, sponge specimens were directly remo...
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Turkey The diversity of Paraonidae in Izmir Bay was studied based on the material collected during 1983 and 2014 within the framework of a project aimed to monitor water quality of the bay. Soft-bottom benthic samples at several stations selected in polluted and unpolluted parts of Izmir Bay were taken using a Van Veen grab (sampling an area of 0.1...
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Coralligenous is one the main Mediterranean hard bottom seascape generating structural complexity and biodiversity. It provides goods and services to several sectors. Pollution, anchors, trawling and diver frequentation may cause its degradation, whilst traditional fishing as well as angling mainly affect target species. Coralligenous may also be s...