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Intertidal meiofauna of a high-latitude glacial Arctic fjord (Kongsfjorden, Svalbard) with emphasis on the structure of free-living nematode communities
Urban-Malinga, B.; Wiktor, J.; Jablónska, A.; Moens, T. (2005). Intertidal meiofauna of a high-latitude glacial Arctic fjord (Kongsfjorden, Svalbard) with emphasis on the structure of free-living nematode communities. Polar Biol. 28(12): 940-950. dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00300-005-0022-4
In: Polar Biology. Springer-Verlag: Berlin; Heidelberg. ISSN 0722-4060; e-ISSN 1432-2056
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Keywords
    Aquatic communities > Benthos > Meiobenthos
    Composition > Community composition
    Marine/Coastal

Authors  Top | Dataset 
  • Urban-Malinga, B.
  • Wiktor, J.
  • Jablónska, A.
  • Moens, T., more

Abstract
    Meiofauna communities of four intertidal sites, two sheltered and two more exposed, in Kongsfjorden (Svalbard) were investigated in summer 2001 at two different tidal levels (i.e. the low-water line and close below the driftline, referred to as mid-water (MW) level). A total of seven meiofaunal higher taxa were recorded with nematodes, oligochaetes and turbellarians being numerically dominant. Mean total meiofaunal densities ranged between 50 ind. 10 cm² and 903 ind. 10 cm². Our data showed a clear decrease in total meiofaunal densities with increasing coarseness of the sediment. Total meiofaunal biomass varied from 0.2 g dwt m² to 2 g dwt m² and, in general, was high even at low meiofaunal densities, i.e. larger interstitial spaces in coarser sediments supported larger meiofauna, especially turbellarians. The results on the vertical distribution of meiofauna contrasted

Dataset
  • Meiofauna from Kongsfjord (Spitsbergen Arctic), more

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