Copepodid and adult Argestidae Por, 1986 (Copepoda: Harpacticoida) in the southeastern Atlantic deep sea: diversity and community structure at the species level


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Drawing on the example of Argestidae Por, 1986b, community structure and large-scale distribution patterns of harpacticoid copepods at species level were examined in the three southeastern Atlantic deep-sea basins. The study was based on 30 multicorer deployments at depths from 5,035 to 5,655 m during the DIVA-2 expedition. The 1,176 adult and copepodid Argestidae from CIII onwards belong to 114 species. Some species occurred at all five stations; others appeared to be exclusive for single stations. Inclusion of copepodids revealed a higher similarity in species composition among the five stations than consideration of just adults and caused a slight shift toward dominance of single species in the sediments at most locations.



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DOI 10.1007/s00227-012-1903-z

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Menzel, L. and George, K. H. (2012): Copepodid and adult Argestidae Por, 1986 (Copepoda: Harpacticoida) in the southeastern Atlantic deep sea: diversity and community structure at the species level , Marine Biology, 159 (6), pp. 1223-1238 . doi: 10.1007/s00227-012-1903-z


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