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Atlantic snake pipefish (Entelurus aequoreus) extends its northward distribution range to Svalbard (Arctic Ocean)
Fleischer, D.; Schaber, M.; Piepenburg, D. (2007). Atlantic snake pipefish (Entelurus aequoreus) extends its northward distribution range to Svalbard (Arctic Ocean). Polar Biol. 30(10): 1359-1362. dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00300-007-0322-y
In: Polar Biology. Springer-Verlag: Berlin; Heidelberg. ISSN 0722-4060, more
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Keywords
    Entelurus aequoreus (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]; Marine
Author keywords
    Entelurus aequoreus; snake pipefish; Spitsbergen; Arctic; distributionarea; sea surface temperature

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  • Fleischer, D.
  • Schaber, M.
  • Piepenburg, D.

Abstract
    Ecological forecasts predict the immigration of boreal species into Arctic waters as one consequence of rising sea temperatures. Here, we report the finding of Atlantic snake pipefish (Entelurus aequoreus) off the western coast of Spitsbergen at 79°N in August 2006. This syngnathid fish species, which was presumed to be confined to waters south of Iceland, has dramatically increased in population size in its core distribution area in the northeastern Atlantic since 2002, probably in response to greater reproduction success due to higher water temperatures. We conclude that our finding is an indication of the predicted northward extension of the distribution range of boreal species.

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