Marine Biology

, Volume 28, Issue 3, pp 185–187

Scavenging abyssal benthic amphipods trapped under oligotrophic central North Pacific Gyre waters

  • E. Shulenberger
  • R. R. Hessler

DOI: 10.1007/BF00387296

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Shulenberger, E. & Hessler, R.R. Mar. Biol. (1974) 28: 185. doi:10.1007/BF00387296


Two traps baited with fish were placed on the bottom (5720 m) of the central North Pacific Gyre. A total of 1793 lyssianassid amphipods were collected no ovigerous females and no identifiable males were caught. Five amphipod species were represented [1 undescribed species of Orchomene; 2 undescribed species of Paralicella; Eurythenes gryllus (Lichtenstein); and Cyclocaris sp.], 2 by single specimens. Amphipod samples give no evidence of size-classes. Evidence for scavenging as the amphipods' primary mode of existence is discussed. Forty-four copepods, of a single harpacticoid genus (Tisbella), were also collected.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Shulenberger
    • 1
  • R. R. Hessler
    • 1
  1. 1.Scripps Institution of OceanographyLa JollaUSA

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