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Oktener A.,Bandirma Sheep Research Station | Oliver P.G.,National Museum of Wales | Cakir D.T.,Balikesir University
Journal of Conchology | Year: 2014

Veliger and pediveliger stages of Mytilus cf. galloprovincialis are observed attached to the pleonites of the parasitic isopod Mothocya epimerica living in the branchial chamber of the fish, Atherina boyeri. The bivalves are attached by byssus threads to the isopod and to each other. It is suggested that this is an accidental association that comes about by the intake of drifting post larval stages whose byssus becomes entangled with the appendages of the isopod. While epibiontic bivalves are known to attach to the exoskeletons of decapod crustaceans this is the first record of attachment to parasitic isopods.

Gecgel U.,Namik Kemal University | Yilmaz I.,Namik Kemal University | Ozder M.,Namik Kemal University | Sezenler T.,Bandirma Sheep Research Station | And 2 more authors.
Small Ruminant Research | Year: 2015

Fatty acid composition of Longissimus dorsi intramuscular fat in Bandirma Crossbreed (BC), Karacabey Merino Multiplier (KMM) and Karacabey Merino Nucleus (KMN) lambs were compared. Twelve of BC, twelve of KMM and twelve of KMN lamb genotypes were evaluated as test materials and each genotype was grouped as male and female composed of six lambs. There was no effect of sex on fatty acid composition in three different meats of lamb. According to the analysis results, saturated fatty acids (SFAs) were found to be 45.05 ± 2.12, 43.32 ± 3.51, and 44.95 ± 3.13%, monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) were found to be 46.66 ± 1.90, 46.34 ± 3.48, and 46.66 ± 2.39%, and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) were found to be 5.20 ± 0.83, 6.52 ± 1.39, and 6.03 ± 1.35% in BC, KMM, and KMN lamb breeds, respectively. The content of C18:1. t-11 (vaccenic acid), C18:2, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which is known to have beneficial properties such as antidiabetic and anticarcinogenic, antiatherogenic for human health and PUFAs were higher for KMM lambs than for BC and KMN lambs (p<. 0.05). © 2015 Elsevier B.V.

Solostamenides paucitesticulatus n. sp. (Monogenoidea: Microcotylidae) from the gills of the abu mullet Liza abu (Heckel) in Atatürk Reservoir in southern Turkey is described. Among other features, the new species is easily distinguished from its three congeners, Solostamenides mugilis (Vogt, 1879), Solostamenides pseudomugilis (Hargis, 1956) and Solostamenides polyorchis Zhang & Yang, 2001, by having fewer hooks on the male copulatory organ (11 to 14), testes (5 to 9), and haptoral clamps (31 to 47). © 2015, Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.

Sezenler T.,Bandirma Sheep Research Station | Ceyhan A.,Nigde University | Yildirir M.,Bandirma Sheep Research Station | Erdogan T.,Bandirma Sheep Research Station
Small Ruminant Research | Year: 2014

The objective of this study is to compare the reproductive performance of the ewes, the lambs' growth characteristics, and the variable costs in the sheep enterprises for ex situ and in situ conserved Kivircik sheep flocks. In total, 1841 ewes were included in the study. The ex situ Kivircik sheep flock had 929 ewes and the in situ Kivircik sheep flock had 912 ewes and their l864 lambs were born in the months of January and February from 2007 to 2011. The lambing rates of the in situ and the ex situ flocks were 83.9% and 74.7% (P<. 0.01), respectively, the differences in the results were significant between the conservation types. The fecundity of the in situ and the ex situ flocks was 1.1 and 1.0 lambs (P<. 0.01), and litter size was the same (1.3, P>. 0.05). The least squares means of the birth weight, the weaning weight at the 90th day of the lambs, and the post-weaning daily live weight gain of the in situ and ex situ conserved lambs were 4.2 and 3.7. kg (P<. 0.01), 25.4 and 24.9. kg (P<. 0.01), and 234 and 234.3. g/day (P>. 0.05), respectively. The average mean survival rate of the in situ and the ex situ conserved lambs were 96.2% and 90.0%, respectively, and differences were significant (P<. 0.01) between the conservation types. In the ex situ sheep enterprises, proportional profit was 0.62, in other words, each 100€ expense corresponds to a loss of 38€. However, for the in situ sheep enterprise, this ratio was 1.17, meaning that each 100€ expense corresponds to a profit of 17€. The present study demonstrated that the in situ conserved Kivircik sheep had higher growth performance, higher lamb survival rate and was more profitable than the ex situ conserved Kivircik sheep. © 2013 Elsevier B.V.

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