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Variability and productivity of meiobenthos in the Southern Bight of the North Sea
Heip, C.H.R.; Herman, R.; Vincx, M. (1984). Variability and productivity of meiobenthos in the Southern Bight of the North Sea. Rapp. et Proc.-Verb. Cons. Int. Explor. Mer 183: 51-56
In: Rapports et Procès-Verbaux des Réunions du Conseil Permanent International pour l'Exploration de la Mer. Conseil Permanent International pour l'Exploration de la Mer: Copenhague. ISSN 0074-4336, more

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  • Heip, C.H.R.; Herman, R.; Vincx, M. (1984). Variability and productivity of meiobenthos in the Southern Bight of the North Sea, in: IZWO Coll. Rep. 14(1984). IZWO Collected Reprints, 14: pp. chapter 15, more

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Keywords
    Biological production; Meiobenthos; ANE, North Sea, Southern Bight [Marine Regions]; Marine

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Abstract
    The composition and density of meiofauna in the Belgian coastal waters of the North Sea are essentially similar to those over large spatial scales. However, the impact of pollution from the Western Scheldt river is clearly reflected in a decrease in diversity on all taxonomic levels. Nematodes are the only animal group that survives in normal or even greater abundance, albeit it with lower diversity. Total meiofauna production is estimated at 1.5-2.0 g C m-2yr-1 and equals or even greatly exceeds macrofauna production in the area.

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