Turkish scientists discover a few species

Assistant Professor Okan Kulkoyluoglu with the Department of Biology of Abant Izzet Baysal University told the A.A correspondent that they discovered male of species which was believed to be only female under ostracods whose 60,000 species were identified

Turkish scientists discover a few species
Turkish scientists have discovered a few new species of ostracoda, an academician said on Wednesday.

Assistant Professor Okan Kulkoyluoglu with the Department of Biology of Abant Izzet Baysal University told the A.A correspondent that they discovered male of species which was believed to be only female under ostracods whose 60,000 species were identified.

"We have been working on ostracods, typically around one mm in size. Ostracoda is a class of the Crustacea, sometimes known as the seed shrimp because of their appearance. We are working on ostracods living in fresh water," Kulkoyluoglu said.

Nearly 40-50 ostracods lived in the northwestern province of Bolu as a result of 10-year research by scientists from Abant Izzet Baysal University, he said.

Kulkoyluoglu said they would carry out a new research in Cubuk Lake in central Anatolia region which would last for 30 months within the scope of a project supported by Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey.

Ostracods are small crustaceans laterally compressed and protected by a bivalve-like, chitinous or calcareous valve or "shell". The hinge of the two valves is in the upper, dorsal region of the body.

Ecologically, marine ostracods can be part of the zooplankton or (most commonly) they are part of the benthos, living on or inside the upper layer of the sea floor. Many ostracods, especially the Podocopida, are also found in fresh water and some are known from humid continental forest soils.

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