|Submersible observations of the invertebrate fauna on the continental slope southwest of Ireland (NE Atlantic Ocean)|
Tyler, P.A.; Zibrowius, H. (1992). Submersible observations of the invertebrate fauna on the continental slope southwest of Ireland (NE Atlantic Ocean). Oceanol. Acta 15(2): 211-226
In: Oceanologica Acta. Elsevier/Gauthier-Villars: Montreuil. ISSN 0399-1784, more
Continental slope; Ecological zonation; Marine environment; Species diversity; Vertical distribution; Marine
Describes a highly diverse sponge, cnidarian and echinoderm community occurring between 1800-3000 m on the steep slopes to the W of the Porcupine Bank and Goban Spur. This fauna is dominated by suspension feeders and appears to show a vertical zonation corresponding to water mass structure. Highest biomass and variety of echinoderms are found between 2100-2600 m bathed in northward flowing NE Atlantic Deep Water.