Whale-fall ecosystems: recent insights into ecology, paleoecology, and evolution.

  title={Whale-fall ecosystems: recent insights into ecology, paleoecology, and evolution.},
  author={Craig R. Smith and Adrian G. Glover and Tina Treude and Nicholas D. Higgs and Diva J. Amon},
  journal={Annual review of marine science},
  • C. SmithA. Glover D. Amon
  • Published 5 January 2015
  • Environmental Science, Geography
  • Annual review of marine science
Whale falls produce remarkable organic- and sulfide-rich habitat islands at the seafloor. The past decade has seen a dramatic increase in studies of modern and fossil whale remains, yielding exciting new insights into whale-fall ecosystems. Giant body sizes and especially high bone-lipid content allow great-whale carcasses to support a sequence of heterotrophic and chemosynthetic microbial assemblages in the energy-poor deep sea. Deep-sea metazoan communities at whale falls pass through a… 

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