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First insights into macro- and meiofaunal colonisation patterns on paired wood/slate substrata at Atlantic deep-sea hydrothermal vents
Cuvelier, D.; Beesau, J.; Ivanenko, V.N.; Zeppilli, D.; Sarradin, P.-M.; Sarrazin, J. (2014). First insights into macro- and meiofaunal colonisation patterns on paired wood/slate substrata at Atlantic deep-sea hydrothermal vents. Deep-Sea Res., Part 1, Oceanogr. Res. Pap. 87: 70-81. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.dsr.2014.02.008
In: Deep-Sea Research, Part I. Oceanographic Research Papers. Elsevier: Oxford. ISSN 0967-0637; e-ISSN 1879-0119, more
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Keyword
    Marine
Author keywords
    Colonisation; Organic and inorganic substrata; Mid-Atlantic Ridge; Hydrothermal; Recruitment; Diversity; Temperature

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  • Cuvelier, D., more
  • Beesau, J.
  • Ivanenko, V.N.
  • Zeppilli, D.
  • Sarradin, P.-M.
  • Sarrazin, J., more

Abstract
    In 2006, paired wood and slate panels, each equipped with a temperature probe, were deployed on three different localities on and around the Eiffel Tower edifice (Lucky Strike vent field, Mid-Atlantic Ridge) within close proximity of visible hydrothermal activity. Recovery of these panels took place in 2008. For this two-year deployment period, the composition of colonising organisms (both macro-and meiofauna) was assessed, along with image analyses of the deployment sites in 2006 and 2008. Very few significant differences in colonisation between organic (wood) and inorganic (slate) panels were revealed. Rather, the locality of deployment and the local environmental conditions and hydrothermal activity were found to influence taxonomic composition. Variability in microhabitat conditions and biological interactions were hypothesised to interact jointly in shaping new faunal communities on the colonisation substrata.

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