Polar Biology

, Volume 31, Issue 12, pp 1539–1542 | Cite as

Abundance of benthic copepods in a saline lake in East Antarctica

  • Sakae KudohEmail author
  • Yukiko Tanabe
  • Kunio T. Takahashi
Short Note

Antarctic lake ecosystems have an abundance of primary producers, including benthic algae and mosses. Despite this, many of the lakes, particularly those in East Antarctica, are deporporate of fauna. This may be due, in part, to the relatively young age of many lakes in the region. The majority of Antarctic lakes were created by glacial activity following the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM), which may not have allowed sufficient time for animal groups to invade and colonize these lakes from other Antarctic ecosystems. Few studies have reported the occurrence of crustaceans in East Antarctic lakes (Burton and Hamond 1981; Bayly and Eslake 1989; summarized by Gibson and Bayly 2007). Given the lack of research, the distribution, abundance, and ecology of such organisms within Antarctica remains unclear.

The 38th Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition (JARE) reported finding copepods in the sediments of Lake Nurume Ike, a thalassohaline meromictic lake on the Sôya Coast in the Langhovde region...


Last Glacial Maximum Benthic Alga Meromictic Lake Antarctic Lake Copepodid Stage 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sakae Kudoh
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Yukiko Tanabe
    • 2
  • Kunio T. Takahashi
    • 1
  1. 1.National Institute of Polar ResearchTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Department of Polar ScienceThe Graduate University for Advanced StudiesTokyoJapan

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