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Copepods of the Equatorial Eastern Pacific
Citation
Tutasi, P. 2005 Copepods Equatorial Eastern Pacific

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Description
The pelagic fauna in the Equatorial Region of the Eastern South Pacific across Ecuador is highly diverse, but little studied. Among planktonic components, the crustacean copepods dominate both coastal and oceanic areas. This growing data base is an attempt to build a unique platform to describe, identify and count this important taxonomic group of this region. more

The Equatorial Region of the Eastern South Pacific across Ecuador (1°N - 3°S) is characterized by the influence of tropical waters from the north and sub-tropical surface waters from the south, giving rise to the Equatorial Front during the austral winter. However during the dry season (June to August), when southerly winds become more intense, the cold Humboldt Current may also influence the area around 2°S over the coastal zone of Ecuador, while the front becomes weak and constrained to the south. The whole area is also subjected to strong inter-annual variation driven by the ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) cycle. The pelagic fauna in this region is highly diverse, but little studied. Among planktonic components, the crustacean copepods dominate both coastal and oceanic areas. This growing data base is an attempt to build a unique platform to describe, identify and count this important taxonomic group of this region.

Scope
Themes:
Biology > Plankton
Keywords:
Marine

Contributors
Universidad de Concepción; Centre for Oceanographic Research in the eastern South Pacific (COPAS), more

Related datasets
Published in:
ESPOBIS: Tropical and Subtropical Eastern South Pacific Ocean Biogeographic Information System, more


Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Data collection
Metadatarecord created: 2012-12-10
Information last updated: 2012-12-10
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