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dc.contributor.authorErcan, Ertan
dc.contributor.authorGaygusuz, Özcan
dc.contributor.authorTarkan, Ali Serhan
dc.contributor.authorReichard, Martin
dc.contributor.authorSmith, Carl
dc.identifier.citationErcan , E , Gaygusuz , Ö , Tarkan , A S , Reichard , M & Smith , C 2013 , ' The ecology of freshwater bivalves in the Lake Sapanca Basin, Turkey ' , Turkish Journal of Zoology , vol. 37 , pp. 730-738 .
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0003-3285-0379/work/47136187
dc.description.abstractDespite the ecological importance and globally threatened status of freshwater bivalves, the freshwater mussel fauna of Turkey has hitherto received little attention. The aim of this study was to describe the ecology of freshwater mussels of the Lake Sapanca Basin (NW Turkey) to provide baseline data against which to measure future trends. Five native mussel species belonging to three genera were encountered in surveys; Anodonta cygnea, A. anatina, Unio pictorum, U. crassus and Dreissena polymorpha. In addition, an invasive species from Asia, A. woodiana, was recorded in the region for the first time. A. cygnea and U. pictorum were the most abundant species in the lake, while U. crassus was most abundant in the associated stream. Age and growth parameters were estimated for U. pictorum and U. crassus, and indicated that the latter species had a younger median age and faster growth rate than the former, possibly a function of exclusively occupying a nutrient enriched stream. The bio-ecological features of the bivalve fauna of the Lake Sapanca Basin, as well as the implications of the introduction of A. woodiana, are discussed.
dc.relation.ispartofTurkish Journal of Zoologyen
dc.subjectWater qualityen
dc.subjectInvasive speciesen
dc.subjectQL Zoologyen
dc.subjectSDG 15 - Life on Landen
dc.titleThe ecology of freshwater bivalves in the Lake Sapanca Basin, Turkeyen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Biologyen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Scottish Oceans Instituteen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Marine Alliance for Science & Technology Scotlanden
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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