Distribution and structure of macrobenthic fauna in the eastern Laptev Sea in relation to environmental factorsEntry ID: ArcOD_2006B8
Abstract: The Laptev Sea still ranks among the less known regions of the world’s ocean. Here, we describe the distribution and composition of macrobenthic communities of the eastern shelf and identify key environmental control factors. Samples were collected from dredge catches carried out at 11 stations at depths between 17 and 44 m in August/September 1993 during the TRANSDRIFT I cruise of the Russian R/V ... “Ivan Kireev.” A total of 265 species were identified from the samples, mostly crustaceans (94). Species numbers per station ranged from 30 to 104. Macrobenthic community distribution clearly showed a depth zonation, consisting of a “Shallow” zone (<20 m), dominated by the crustaceans -Mysis oculata - (Mysidacea) and -Saduria entomon- (Isopoda) as well as molluscs, an “Intermediate” zone (20-30 m), characterised by a clear dominance of the bivalve -Portlandia arctica-, and a “Deep” zone (>30 m) with bivalves -P. arctica- and -Nuculoma bellotii- as well as brittle stars -Ophiocten sericeum- and -Ophiura sarsi- being most abundant. According to a correlation analysis between faunal and environmental data, a combination of duration of ice cover and water depth, respectively, showed the highest affinity to macrobenthic distribution. We conclude that the food input to the benthos, which is largely related to ice-cover regime, and the stress due to the pronounced seasonal salinity variability, which is primarily related to water depth, are prime determinants of macrobenthic community distribution and major causes of the prominent depth zonation in the Laptev Sea. Within the depth zones, sediment composition seems to be most significant in controlling the patterns in the distribution of the benthic fauna.
Purpose: The objectives of this study are to (1) describe the macrobenthic distribution patterns in the eastern Laptev Sea, (2) delineate macrobenthic communities by means of multivariate statistics and (3) identify key environmental factors controlling the distribution and composition of macrobenthic fauna.
Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Matthias Steffens
Dataset Title: Distribution and structure of macrobenthic fauna in the eastern Laptev Sea in relation to environmental factors
Dataset Series Name: Polar Biology
Dataset Release Date: 2006
Issue Identification: 29(10):837-848
Other Citation Details: this publication is part of an EThesisOnline Resource: http://ak.aoos.org/ArcOD/data_table.php
This data set description is a member of a collection. The collection is described in
Start Date: 1993-08-16Stop Date: 1993-09-08
OCEANS > MARINE SEDIMENTS > SEDIMENTATION
OCEANS > OCEAN CIRCULATION > FRESH WATER FLUX
OCEANS > OCEAN TEMPERATURE > WATER TEMPERATURE
OCEANS > SALINITY/DENSITY > SALINITY
OCEANS > SEA ICE > ICE EXTENT
OCEANS > SEA ICE > SEA ICE CONCENTRATION
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES > ARTHROPODS > CRUSTACEANS > ISOPODS
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES > MOLLUSKS > BIVALVES
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES > MOLLUSKS
BIOSPHERE > AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS > BENTHIC HABITAT
BIOSPHERE > ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS > COMMUNITY DYNAMICS > COMMUNITY STRUCTURE
Quality ATTRIBUTE ACCURACY REPORT: The catchability of the used dredge is not known. The mesh size of the dredge was 5mm. The total catch was processed.
LOGICAL CONSISTENCY REPORT: The same procedures were used at all sites; findings should be consistent.
COMPLETENESS REPORT: The total catch including all taxa was processed (5 replicates at each of the 3 sites).
... HORIZONTAL POSITIONAL ACCURACY REPORT: Sites were identified using GPS
PROCESS DESCRIPTION: Updated from version 1 to version 2.
PROCESS DESCRIPTION: 1. Updated Title from "Missing=TRUE" to "Fram Strait Benthos (IPOE) 1991" the title listed on the data table website is Distributionand structure of macrobenthic fauna in the Eastern Lapteve Sea in relation to environmental factors" 2. Added AOOS/IOOS keywords
PROCESS DATE: 20090401
PROCESS DATE: 20090424
When not provided by authors, taxonomic information was completed using the ITIS Taxon list and is based on quantitative sampling using a dredge. It may not represent a complete list of taxa occurring in the region.
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Email: msteffens at ipoe.uni-kiel.de
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Email: fhuettmann at alaska.edu
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Graham, C. H., S. Ferrier, F. Huettmann, C. Moritz and A.T. Peterson 2004 New developments in museum-based informatics and applications in biodiversity analysis. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 19:497-503 Polar Biology 28: 218-231
Steffens, M; Piepenburg, D; Schmid, M. K. 2006 Distribution and structure of macrobenthic fauna in the eastern Laptev Sea in relation to environmental factors. Polar Biology 29(10):837-848
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DIF Creation Date: 2009-04-01
Last DIF Revision Date: 2010-01-21