Biodiversity on the Rocks: Macrofauna Inhabiting Authigenic Carbonate at Costa Rica Methane Seeps

  title={Biodiversity on the Rocks: Macrofauna Inhabiting Authigenic Carbonate at Costa Rica Methane Seeps},
  author={Lisa A Levin and Guillermo F. Mendoza and Benjamin M. Grupe and Jennifer P. Gonzalez and Brittany M. Jellison and G. J. Rouse and Andrew R. Thurber and Anders War{\'e}n and S{\'e}bastien Duperron},
  booktitle={PloS one},
Carbonate communities: The activity of anaerobic methane oxidizing microbes facilitates precipitation of vast quantities of authigenic carbonate at methane seeps. Here we demonstrate the significant role of carbonate rocks in promoting diversity by providing unique habitat and food resources for macrofaunal assemblages at seeps on the Costa Rica margin (400-1850 m). The attendant fauna is surprisingly similar to that in rocky intertidal shores, with numerous grazing gastropods (limpets and… CONTINUE READING
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