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C Antoniadou, E Voultsiadou, and C Chintiroglou (2006)

Sublittoral megabenthos along cliffs of different profile (Aegean Sea, Eastern Mediterranean)


The sublittoral megabenthos was studied in selected areas of the Aegean Sea. Data were collected with a visual, non-destructive, method and the technique of randomly placed frames was adopted. Eighty-nine megabenthic species were recorded. The spatial and temporal variation in population density, as well as the pattern of dispersion, was estimated for the most dominant species. Spatial analysis of the population densities suggested the separation of the studied sites in three major groups, reflecting differences in cliff profile, Temporal analysis revealed the discrimination of summer samples. The pattern of dispersion for most of the examined species was random without seasonal differentiations. Agelas oroides and Leplopsammia pruvoti showed a clumped pattern, while Halocynthia papillosa and Microcosmus sabatieri were evenly distributed.

megabenthos; sublittoral; Aegean Sea; hard substrate; population density; spatial dispersion
  • ISSN: 0777-6276

ISSN 2295-0451 (online version)
ISSN 0777-6279 (printed version)
impact factor 2015: 0,87.

Prof. Dr. Isa Schön
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
Vautierstraat 29
1000 Brussels, Belgium


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