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Original article | Acta Natura et Scientia 2020, Vol. 1(1) 36-42

First Report of Albinism in Turkish Crayfish Pontastacus leptodactylus (Eschscholtz, 1823) (Crustacea, Decapoda, Astacidae)

Semih Kale, Selçuk Berber, Deniz Acarlı, Tekin Demirkıran, Pervin Vural, Sefa Acarlı, Bayram Kızılkaya & Evren Tan

pp. 36 - 42   |  DOI:   |  Manu. Number: MANU-2012-11-0001

Published online: December 31, 2020  |   Number of Views: 589  |  Number of Download: 1032


A female albino crayfish Pontastacus leptodactylus (Eschscholtz, 1823) was captured from Atikhisar Reservoir in Çanakkale, Turkey on July 18, 2020. The albino crayfish is lacked melanin that is normally found on normal crayfish. The compound eyes of the albino crayfish were black as in normal crayfish. Morphometric characteristics were measured and the total length was 101.98 mm, carapace length was 50.04 mm, carapace width was 26.56 mm and weight was 35.90 g. Albinism is a widespread disorder in the animal kingdom and is triggered by the absence of melanin in the skin, eyes, or hair. Investigation on albinism has commonly focused on mice and humans. Therefore, there is restricted research on albino crayfish. In the present paper, the occurrence of albinism in crayfish is firstly reported from Atikhisar Reservoir in Çanakkale, Turkey. Therefore, this paper significantly contributes to the scientific literature by providing the first knowledge on the presence of albino crayfish in the Atikhisar Reservoir, Çanakkale, Turkey.

Keywords: Albino, Pigmentation, Color anomaly, Crayfish, Pontastacus leptodactylus, Atikhisar, Çanakkale, Turkey

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APA 6th edition
Kale, S., Berber, S., Acarli, D., Demirkiran, T., Vural, P., Acarli, S., Kizilkaya, B. & Tan, E. (2020). First Report of Albinism in Turkish Crayfish Pontastacus leptodactylus (Eschscholtz, 1823) (Crustacea, Decapoda, Astacidae) . Acta Natura et Scientia, 1(1), 36-42. doi: 10.29329/actanatsci.2020.313.5

Kale, S., Berber, S., Acarli, D., Demirkiran, T., Vural, P., Acarli, S., Kizilkaya, B. and Tan, E. (2020). First Report of Albinism in Turkish Crayfish Pontastacus leptodactylus (Eschscholtz, 1823) (Crustacea, Decapoda, Astacidae) . Acta Natura et Scientia, 1(1), pp. 36-42.

Chicago 16th edition
Kale, Semih, Selcuk Berber, Deniz Acarli, Tekin Demirkiran, Pervin Vural, Sefa Acarli, Bayram Kizilkaya and Evren Tan (2020). "First Report of Albinism in Turkish Crayfish Pontastacus leptodactylus (Eschscholtz, 1823) (Crustacea, Decapoda, Astacidae) ". Acta Natura et Scientia 1 (1):36-42. doi:10.29329/actanatsci.2020.313.5.

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