Check List 15(1): 219-224, doi: 10.15560/15.1.219
Significant occurrence of Musellifer profundus Vivier, 1974 (Gastrotricha, Chaetonotida) in the Black Sea
expand article infoNelli Sergeeva, Derya Ürkmez§, M. Antonio Antonio Todaro|
‡ The A.O. Kovalevsky Institute of Marine Biological Research of RAS, Sevastopol, Russia§ Scientific and Technological Research and Application Center, Sinop University, Sinop, Turkey| Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy
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Specimens of the gastrotrich genus Musellifer are recorded for the first time from the Black Sea. These specimens, identified as M. profundus Vivier, 1974, were found in sediment samples collected at various depths (22−135 m) and from waters characterized by low salinity (17.3−18.62‰) and varying levels of oxygen (2.43−299.59 μM). Three specimens were found from the Istanbul Strait (Bosphorus) outlet area of the Black Sea (Turkey) and 2 were found along the southern and southeastern shelf of the Crimean Peninsula (Russia), from the Yalta Gulf and the Feodosiya Gulf. 

Benthos, biodiversity, Bosphorus, Crimea, meiofauna, Russia, Turkey