Meiofaunal (re)colonization of the Arctic intertidal (Hornsund, Spitsbergen) after ice melting: role of wrack deposition

  title={Meiofaunal (re)colonization of the Arctic intertidal (Hornsund, Spitsbergen) after ice melting: role of wrack deposition},
  author={Barbara Urban-Malinga and Aleksander Drgas and Anetta Ameryk and Agnieszka Tatarek},
  journal={Polar Biology},
Intertidal meiobenthos of Hornsund—the southernmost fjord of Spitsbergen—was investigated between July and September 2005. Mean total meiofaunal densities ranged between 4.3 and 328 ind. 10 cm−2. Nematode assemblages were impoverished in terms of the number of genera when compared with those from the western Spitsbergen coast (11 vs. 25–28 genera in total, respectively). It is suggested that severe environmental conditions in the southern part of Spitsbergen overcome the adaptation skills of… CONTINUE READING


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