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Open Access item Community structure of bathyal decapod crustaceans off south-west Balearic Islands (western Mediterranean): seasonality and regional patterns in zonation

Authors:Maynou, Francesc
Cartes, Joan Enric
Issue Date:31-Oct-2000
Publisher:Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
Cambridge University Press
Citation:Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK 80(5): 789-798 (2000)
Abstract:The community structure of decapod crustacean assemblages was established and analysed from two experimental trawl samplings. The data were taken in the south-west Balearic Islands (Algerian Basin, western Mediterranean Sea) at depths ranging from [similar]200 to 1800 m. The results of multivariate analysis indicate that the community structure remained constant between samplings. The analysis also revealed that there exist differences between bathyal decapod communities at a regional level (<1000 km) when compared with well-studied nearby areas. The differences relate mainly to the relative contribution of different species and feeding guilds, not to the taxonomic composition of the assemblages studied. It is proposed that these differences result from contrasting surface production regimes (coastal vs open sea) and food web organization (relative dependence on mesopelagic or infaunal prey).
Description:10 pages, 6 figures, 7 tables.-- Full-text version available Open Access at: http://decapoda.nhm.org/pdfs/29858/29858.pdf
Publisher version (URL):http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=58869
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