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Title: Macrofaunal diversity of infralittoral cobble beds in the Maltese Islands
Authors: Evans, Julian
Attrill, Martin James
Borg, Joseph A.
Cotton, P. A.
Schembri, Patrick J.
Keywords: Biodiversity -- Malta
Benthos -- Malta
Posidonia oceanica -- Malta
Marine animals -- Malta
Issue Date: 2013
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.
URI: https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar//handle/123456789/18316
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