Physical reworking by near-bottom flow alters the metazoan meiofauna of Fieberling Guyot (northeast Pacific).

Thistle, D., Levin, L. A., Gooday, A. J., Pfannkuche, Olaf and Lambshead, P. J. D. (1999) Physical reworking by near-bottom flow alters the metazoan meiofauna of Fieberling Guyot (northeast Pacific). Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, 46 (12). pp. 2041-2052. DOI 10.1016/S0967-0637(99)00040-0.

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Although much of the deep sea is physically tranquil, some regions experience near-bottom flows that rework the surficial sediment. During periods of physical reworking, animals in the reworked layer risk being suspended, which can have both positive and negative effects. Reworking can also change the sediment in ecologically important ways, so the fauna of reworked sites should differ from that of quiescent locations. We combined data from two reworked, bathyal sites on the summit of Fieberling Guyot (32°27.631′N, 127°49.489′W; 32°27.581′N, 127°47.839′W) and compared the results with those of more tranquil sites. We tested for differences in the following parameters, which seemed likely to be sensitive to the direct or indirect effects of reworking: (1) the vertical distribution of the meiofauna in the sea bed, (2) the relative abundance of surface-living harpacticoids, (3) the proportion of the fauna consisting of interstitial harpacticoids, (4) the ratio of harpacticoids to nematodes. We found that the vertical distributions of harpacticoid copepods, ostracods, and kinorhynchs were deeper on Fieberling. In addition, the relative abundance of surface-living harpacticoids was less, the proportion of interstitial harpacticoids was greater, and the ratio of harpacticoids to nematodes was greater on Fieberling. These differences between Fieberling and the comparison sites suggest that physical reworking affects deep-sea meiofauna and indicate the nature of some of the effects.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Meiofauna; Nematoda; Harpacticoida; Seamount; Deep sea; Disturbance; R/V Atlantis II and DSRV Alvin (legs 125-14 and 125-18)
Research affiliation: OceanRep > Geomar Research Center for Marine Geosciences
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1016/S0967-0637(99)00040-0
ISSN: 0967-0637
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2008 17:24
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2016 12:19

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