Distribution and composition of macrobenthic communities along a Victoria-Land Transect (Ross Sea, Antarctica)

Rehm, P., Thatje, S., Arntz, W.E., Brandt, A. and Heilmayer, O. (2006) Distribution and composition of macrobenthic communities along a Victoria-Land Transect (Ross Sea, Antarctica). Polar Biology, 29, (9), 782-790. (doi:10.1007/s00300-006-0115-8).


[img] PDF
Download (330Kb)


The Victoria-Land Transect project onboard the Italian research vessel ‘‘Italica’’ in February 2004, was a large-scale attempt to obtain benthic samples of smaller macrozoobenthic specimens systematically along a latitudinal and a depth transect along the Victoria- Land coast. Data presented from this survey are based on Rauschert dredge samples, which were taken at four areas at depth ranging from 84 to 515 m. A cluster analysis based on relative numbers of abundance was performed and demonstrated a change in community structure depending on the location along the latitudinal transect. A change in community structure with depth was not recorded. Dominant taxa of the Ross Sea fauna along the Victoria-Land coast were the Arthropoda (65.7%), followed by Annelida (20.7%), Mollusca (9.6%) and Echinodermata (2.5%). Total number of abundance decreased with depth with an exception at Cape Russell, whereas a trend in biomass was not documented. Abundance and biomass proportions of major taxa changed gradually along the latitudinal transect.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1007/s00300-006-0115-8
ISSNs: 0722-4060 (print)
Related URLs:
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GC Oceanography
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Ocean & Earth Science (SOC/SOES)
ePrint ID: 41152
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2006
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:12
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/41152

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics