First Substantiated Record of Molva macrophthalma (Rafinesque, 1810) in Southern Aegean Sea, Turkey

  • Yusuf Kenan Bayhan
  • Deniz ErgudenEmail author
  • Sibel Alagoz Erguden
  • Ayhan Altun


A single female specimen of the Spanish ling, Molva macrophthalma (Rafinesque, 1810) (35.3 cm in total length and 96.2 g in weight) was caught by a commercial trammel net at a depth of 393 m on 19 March 2017 from Sıgacık Bay (İzmir coast), Turkey. This paper presents the first substantiated occurrence and, hence, the confirmation of M. macrophthalma in the southern Aegean Sea, Turkey. This record is significant because the last record of M. macrophthalma in the region was made over 50 years ago in the coastal waters of Turkey. Therefore, the species could be considered as exceptionally rare in the Mediterranean, Turkey. Morphometric and meristic characters of the specimen are given in the text.


Spanish ling Gadidae Sığacık Bay İzmir coast Aegean Sea 



The authors would like to thank Captain Murat ÇINAR, the owner of the Çınar Bey Boat, for providing the specimen used in this study.

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The authors, Yusuf K. Bayhan, Deniz Erguden, Sibel A. Erguden and Ayhan Altun declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Vocational School of KahtaUniversity of AdıyamanAdıyamanTurkey
  2. 2.Faculty of Marine Science and TechnologyUniversity of Iskenderun TechnicalIskenderunTurkey
  3. 3.Vocational School of ImamogluUniversity of ÇukurovaImamogluTurkey

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