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Metapopulations of marine fishes: a case study of the sand goby Pomatoschistus minutus on the Belgian Continental Shelf

Dutch title: Metapopulaties van mariene vissen: een modelstudie van de zandgrondel Pomatoschistus minutus op het Belgisch Continentaal Plat
Reference no: 3E000677
Period: December 2000 till November 2003
Status: Completed

Thesaurus terms: Fish; Genetic diversity
Taxonomic term: Pomatoschistus minutus (Pallas, 1770) [WoRMS]
Geographical terms: ANE, Belgium, Belgian Continental Shelf (BCS) [Marine Regions]; ANE, North Sea, Southern Bight [Marine Regions]

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  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven; Departement Biologie; Afdeling Dierenecologie en -systematiek; Diversiteit en Systematiek van Dieren, more, co-ordinator

Marine organisms live in metapopulations because of connectivity in the ocean. A very common demersal fish, the sand goby, of the Belgian Continental shelf will be studied with high-resolution genetic markers to quantify spatio-temporal variation in population structure. We expect that geographical and oceanographic characteristics influence the structure on a large scale while behaviour traits influence small-scale patterns.

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