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In situ video observations of benthic megafauna and fishes from the deep eastern Mediterranean Sea off Egypt

AutorGates, A.R.; Jones, Daniel O.B.; Cartes, Joan Enric
Palabras claveDeep sea
Coryphaenoides mediterraneus
Chaceon mediterraneus
Cataetyx laticeps
Levantine Sea
Species diversity
Remotely operated vehicle
Bathypterois mediterraneus
ROV
Fecha de publicaciónjun-2012
EditorTaylor & Francis
CitaciónAfrican Journal of Marine Science 34(2): 215-222 (2012)
ResumenRemotely operated vehicle (ROV) video observations were used to document benthic fauna at a hydrocarbon drilling location, at 2 720 m depth, in the poorly studied deep water off northern Egypt. The decapod Chaceon mediterraneus was the most common organism at the site and the only benthic megafaunal invertebrate observed. Three species of fish, Coryphaenoides mediterraneus, Cataetyx laticeps and Bathypterois mediterraneus, were also encountered. These findings confirmed these three species as the deepest-distributed benthic fish in the eastern Mediterranean, and confirmed that the deep Mediterranean, in particular the eastern basin, is one of the world's poorest deep-sea ecosystems in terms of diversity. The behaviour exhibited by the species observed was consistent with their natatory capacity, deduced from their feeding intensity (gut fullness) and diet (mainly suprabenthic prey were consumed), and conservative life strategies adapted to an extremely low energy environment. © 2012 Copyright NISC (Pty) Ltd.
Descripción7 pages, 3 figures, 2 tables
Versión del editorhttp://dx.doi.org/10.2989/1814232X.2012.675121
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/90575
DOI10.2989/1814232X.2012.675121
Identificadoresdoi: 10.2989/1814232X.2012.675121
issn: 1814-232X
e-issn: 1814-2338
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