Istituto di Scienze Marine     
Guglielmo L., Zagami G., Saggiomo V., Catalano G., Granata A. Copepods in spring annual sea ice at Terra Nova Bay (Ross Sea, Antarctica). In: Polar Biology, vol. 30 (6) pp. 747 - 758. Springer, 2007.
The aim of this study was to investigate patterns of abundance, distribution, temporal changes and species composition of the dominant ice-associated copepods in the spring annual pack ice, platelet ice and water column at Terra Nova Bay, Ross Sea, during late spring 1997. Ice cores were drilled for temporal and spatial scales. Stephos longipes and Harpacticus furcifer dominated the sea ice meiofauna in terms of numbers in the lower few centimeters of the bottom ice associated with high chlorophyll a and phaeopigment levels. Nauplii dominated the S. longipes population (91.6%) and occurred in extremely high concentrations. In contrast, copepodids were the dominant stages in H. furcifer. How H. furcifer carries out its entire life cycle and how it differs from ecologically similar species such as Drescheriella glacialis should be examined in more detail.
DOI: 10.1007/s00300-006-0234-2
Subject Copepods
Stephos longipes
Spring sea ice
Harpacticus furcifer
Ross sea

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