Polar Biology

, Volume 31, Issue 1, pp 15–22 | Cite as

Peracarid composition, diversity and species richness in the area of the Northeast Water polynya, East Greenland (Crustacea, Malacostraca)

  • Angelika Brandt
  • Jørgen Berge
Original Paper


During the ARK XI-2 expedition with RV Polarstern in September/October 1995, a transect of epibenthic sledge (EBS) samples was taken in the area of the Northeast Water Polynya off the Greenland coast, from the shelf down into the deep sea. A total of 85,304 specimens of Peracarida were collected at seven stations. These individuals comprised 45 families, 103 genera and 180 species. With regard to abundance, Cumacea occurred with highest numbers, 31,269, followed by Isopoda, Amphipoda, Mysidacea and Tanaidacea. Species richness was highest in Amphipoda with 94 species, followed by Isopoda with 43 species, Cumacea with 20 species, Tanaidacea with 15 and Mysidacea with 8 species. Species richness was highest at the shallowest station 37-016 and lowest at the deepest station 37-021, whereas the opposite pattern was found for abundance. Diversity and eveness were highest at the southernmost station and lowest at the deepest station. Amphipoda occurred more frequently at the shallower stations, while Cumacea were very frequent at the deepest station. Numbers of species were lowest for Cumacea at the deepest station, while Amphipoda and Isopoda generally occurred with high species richness at all stations. On the basis of the species composition stations were compared.


Crustacea Peracarida Northeast Water Polynya Greenland Sea Species composition Diversity Species richness Deep sea 



The authors are grateful to the crew of RV “Polarstern” for their help and logistic support during the expedition ARK XI/2. This study was supported by the “Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft” (DFG) in the framework of the “Sonderforschungsbereich 313” of the University of Kiel. The authors are also grateful to Malin Daase (UNIS) for providing the map in Fig. 1.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Zoological Institute Zoological and MuseumHamburgGermany
  2. 2.The University Centre on SvalbardLongyearbyenNorway

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