The macro- and megabenthic fauna on the continental shelf of the eastern Amundsen Sea, Antarctica

Linse, Katrin, Griffiths, Huw J., Barnes, Dave K.A., Brand, Angelika, Davey, Niki, David, Bruno, De Grave, Sammy, d'Acoz, Cédric d'Udekem, Eléaume, Marc, Glover, Adrian G., Hemery, Lenaïg G., Mah, Christopher, Martin-Ledo, Rafael, Munilla, Tomas, O'Loughlin, Mark, Pierrat, Benjamin, Saucede, Thomas, Sands, Chester J., Strugnell, Jan M., and Enderlein, Peter (2013) The macro- and megabenthic fauna on the continental shelf of the eastern Amundsen Sea, Antarctica. Continental Shelf Research, 68. pp. 80-90.

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Abstract

In 2008 the BIOPEARL II expedition on board of RRS James Clark Ross sailed to the eastern Amundsen Sea Embayment and Pine Island Bay, one of the least studied Antarctic continental shelf regions due to its remoteness and ice cover. A total of 37 Agassiz trawls were deployed at depth transects along the continental and trough slopes. A total of 5469 specimens, belonging to 32 higher taxonomic groups and more than 270 species, were collected. Species richness per station varied from 1 to 55. The benthic assemblages were dominated by echinoderms and clearly different to those in the Ross, Scotia and Weddell seas. Here we present the macro- and megafaunal assemblage structure, its species richness and the presence of several undescribed species.

Item ID: 46368
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1873-6955
Keywords: biodiversity, abundance, megabenthos, Southern Ocean, Pine Island
Funders: Natural Environment Research Council
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2016 07:45
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0608 Zoology > 060808 Invertebrate Biology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960808 Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 100%
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