Polar Biology

, Volume 30, Issue 10, pp 1351–1354 | Cite as

The occurrence of Eualus gaimardii gibba Krøyer 1841 (Crustacea, Decapoda) in the sympagic habitat: an example of bentho-sympagic coupling

  • Henrik Nygård
  • Jørgen Berge
  • Bjørn Gulliksen
  • Lionel Camus
Short Note


We report the first records of a decapod species (Eualus gaimardii gibba) in association with Arctic multiyear sea-ice. Seven specimens inhabiting brine channels in the ice were collected during two field campaigns (September 2003, March/April 2004) by diver operated suction samplers. Salinity tolerance experiments (14–50 PSU) suggest that the species is stenohaline. Gut examinations revealed remains of the sympagic amphipod Gammarus wilkitzkii. All collected individuals were found in ice above relatively shallow waters (60–100 m depth) suggesting bentho-sympagic coupling.


Sympagic fauna  Sea ice Eualus gaimardii Bentho-sympagic coupling Svalbard 



Lionel Camus was funded by the Norwegian Research Council under the program “Marine Resource, Environment and Management”, project no. 146478/120 and by the Norwegian marine research laboratory RF-Akvamiljø. We are grateful to the crew of the research vessel Jan Mayen for sampling organisms, and to Cedric d’Udekem d’Acoz for his constructive comments on earlier versions of the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Henrik Nygård
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jørgen Berge
    • 1
  • Bjørn Gulliksen
    • 1
    • 3
  • Lionel Camus
    • 4
  1. 1.The University Centre in SvalbardLongyearbyenNorway
  2. 2.Environmental and Marine BiologyÅbo Akademi UniversityÅboFinland
  3. 3.Norwegian College of Fishery ScienceUniversity of TromsøTromsøNorway
  4. 4.Akvaplan-niva, Polar Environmental CentreTromsøNorway

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