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The distribution of the larger epifauna during summer and winter in the North Sea and its suitability for environmental monitoring
Frauenheim, K.; Neumann, V.; Thiel, H.; Türkay, M. (1989). The distribution of the larger epifauna during summer and winter in the North Sea and its suitability for environmental monitoring. Senckenb. Marit. 20(3/4): 101-118
In: Senckenbergiana Maritima: wissenschaftliche Mitteilungen der Senckenbergischen naturforschenden Gesellschaft. E. Schweizerbart'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung (Nägele u. Obermiller): Stuttgart. ISSN 0080-889X, more
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Keywords
    Ecological associations; Ecological distribution; Indicator species; Seasonal variations; Substrate preferences; Vertical distribution; Water masses; Marine

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  • Frauenheim, K.
  • Neumann, V.
  • Thiel, H.
  • Türkay, M., more

Abstract
    During two surveys in the North Sea, in summer 1986 and in winter 1987, larger epibenthos was collected with a 2 m beam trawl. The distributions of the species were checked for average linkage by means of the JACCARD-index cluster analysis. In summer two main clusters can be recognized. These are situated to the north and to the south of the Dogger Bank. In winter two main clusters may be recognized as well, but these clusters divide the North Sea into a western and an eastern part. We conclude, that these differences of epibenthos characteristics are correlated with seasonal changes in water body distributions.

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