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|Title:||Macrofaunal diversity of infralittoral cobble beds in the Maltese Islands|
Attrill, Martin James
Borg, Joseph A.
Cotton, P. A.
Schembri, Patrick J.
|Keywords:||Biodiversity -- Malta|
Benthos -- Malta
Posidonia oceanica -- Malta
Marine animals -- Malta
|Publisher:||Commission Internationale pour l'Exploration Scientifique de la Mer Méditerranée|
|Citation:||Evans, J., Attrill, M. J., Borg, J. A., Cotton, P. A., & Schembri, P. J. (2013). Macrofaunal diversity of infralittoral cobble beds in the Maltese Islands. Rapport du Congrès de la Commission Internationale pour l'Exploration Scientifique de la Mer Méditerranée, 40, 688.|
|Abstract:||The Mediterranean “biocoenosis of infralittoral pebbles ” has been poorly studied, but is generally considered to be impoverished. Systematic sampling of cobble beds at 17 sites around the Maltese Islands yielded a total of 35,687 individuals belonging to 310 different taxa. Very shallow sites (<2 m depth) had a slightly poorer faunal assemblage than deeper ones (2 -12 m depth), but still included 152 taxa. These results suggest that infralittoral cobbles beds may not be as impoverished as previously thought, probably due to the high structural complexity of these habitats.|
|Description:||This research work was partially funded through the European Social Fund under a STEPS scheme grant awarded to JE.|
|Appears in Collections:||Scholarly Works - FacSciBio|
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