Regional Index Terms: Porcupine Abyssal Plain, Northeast Atlantic Ocean List of Contents

Abstract

Holothurians dominate the abyssal megabenthos. They are key consumers and bioturbators of surficial sediment. Compounds essential for holothurian reproduction, such as carotenoids, are in short supply in the deep ocean. Holothurians cannot synthesise carotenoids de novo; the compounds are supplied with the flux of phytodetritus. Therefore, the supply of… (More)

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