Polar Biology

, Volume 29, Issue 9, pp 782–790

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

  • Peter Rehm
  • Sven Thatje
  • Wolf E. Arntz
  • Angelika Brandt
  • Olaf Heilmayer
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s00300-006-0115-8

Cite this article as:
Rehm, P., Thatje, S., Arntz, W.E. et al. Polar Biol (2006) 29: 782. doi:10.1007/s00300-006-0115-8

Abstract

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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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Rehm
    • 1
  • Sven Thatje
    • 2
  • Wolf E. Arntz
    • 1
  • Angelika Brandt
    • 3
  • Olaf Heilmayer
    • 1
  1. 1.Marine Animal EcologyAlfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI)BremerhavenGermany
  2. 2.National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, School of Ocean and Earth ScienceUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK
  3. 3.Zoologisches Institut und MuseumUniversität HamburgHamburgGermany

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