Antarctic macro-zoobenthic communities: a review and an ecological classification

  title={Antarctic macro-zoobenthic communities: a review and an ecological classification},
  author={Julian Gutt},
  journal={Antarctic Science},
  pages={165 - 182}
  • J. Gutt
  • Published 22 May 2007
  • Environmental Science, Geography
  • Antarctic Science
Abstract A partly new classification of shelf inhabiting Antarctic macro-zoobenthic communities is proposed in this review. The main components are two core communities. One is dominated by sessile suspension feeders supported by food entrained in strong near-bottom currents. Variants of this community include assemblages without sponges, those that prefer sponge spicule mats as substratum and predator-driven systems. The second core community is dominated by the infauna and mobile epifauna and… 

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