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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), pp. 782-790. (doi:10.1007/s00300-006-0115-8).

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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.

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Published date: 2006


Local EPrints ID: 41152
ISSN: 0722-4060
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Date deposited: 24 Jul 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:32

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Author: P. Rehm
Author: S. Thatje
Author: W.E. Arntz
Author: A. Brandt
Author: O. Heilmayer

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