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Decapod fauna of the Helgoland trench (Crustacea) a long-term study in a biodiversity hotspot
Schwinn, M.; Türkay, M.; Sonnewald, M. (2014). Decapod fauna of the Helgoland trench (Crustacea) a long-term study in a biodiversity hotspot. Mar. Biodiv. 44(4): 491-517 . hdl.handle.net/10.1007/s12526-014-0217-4
In: Marine Biodiversity. Springer: Heidelberg; Berlin. ISSN 1867-1616, more
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Keywords
    Biodiversity; Crustacea [WoRMS]; Marine
Author keywords
    Helgoland trench; Decapod fauna

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  • Schwinn, M.
  • Türkay, M., more
  • Sonnewald, M.

Abstract
    Thirty-seven species of decapod Crustaceans were collected from the Helgoland Trench during a long-term study through the periods 1982-1992 and 2000-2013. This brings up the decapod species known from that area up to 41 (+ 3 uncertain ones). Most of the species have a boreal to temperate distribution pattern. The diversity and specificity of the fauna are particularly high and amount to about a quarter of the total species numbers of the German Bight. The Helgoland Trench can thus be considered as a biodiversity hotspot in the German Bight. Furthermore, the species composition reacts quite sensibly to temperature changes induced by climate change and alien species remained notably absent.

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