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The distribution and abundance patterns of meroplankton in the Ross Sea region
Entry ID: K018_2002_2008_NZ_1

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Abstract: The pelagic community of the Ross Sea consists of a permanent component (=holoplankton) and a temporary component which is primarily made up from the larval stages of benthic marine invertebrates and fish (= the meroplankton). The distribution and abundance pattern of the meroplankton in the Ross Sea was investigated. A combined morphological and molecular approach was used to identify the ... View entire text
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  N: -77.85   S: -77.85   E: 166.63   W: 166.63
Min Depth: 0 Max Depth: 62
  N: -72.35   S: -72.35   E: 170.18   W: 170.18
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  N: -74.63   S: -74.63   E: 164.2   W: 164.2
Min Depth: 0 Max Depth: 50
  N: -77.01   S: -77.01   E: 162.88   W: 162.88
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  N: -77.02   S: -77.02   E: 162.89   W: 162.89
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Start Date: 2002-11-21
Stop Date: 2002-12-14
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PLANKTON NETS Ancillary Description
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Sewell, M.A. Examination of the meroplankton community in the south-western Ross Sea, Antarctica, using a collapsible plankton net. Polar biology 28: 119-131, 2005.

Sewell, M.A. The meroplankton community of the northern Ross Sea: a preliminary comparison with the McMurdo Sound region. Antarctic science 18(4): 595-602, 2006.

Sewell, M.A., Lavery, S., Baker, C.S. (2006) ‘Whose larvae is that? Molecular identification of planktonic larvae of the Ross Sea’. New Zealand Aquatic Environment and Biodiversity Report No. 3. 57 pp.

Suberg, L. (2008) Diversity, abundance and distribution of coastal meroplankton along the Victoria Land Coast, Antarctica. MSc thesis, University of Auckland, 156 pp.
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DIF Creation Date: 2005-09-22
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-24