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A preliminary survey of benthos from the Nephrops norvegicus mud grounds in the north-western Irish Sea
Hensley, R.T. (1996). A preliminary survey of benthos from the Nephrops norvegicus mud grounds in the north-western Irish Sea. Est., Coast. and Shelf Sci. 42(4): 457-465
In: Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. Academic Press: London; New York. ISSN 0272-7714, more
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  • Hensley, R.T.

Abstract
    A preliminary survey of benthic infauna from an extensive basin of soft mud in the Irish Sea was carried out in 1992. A total of 110 taxa were recorded of which polychaete worms (Phylum Annelida) constituted 77·8% of all taxa recorded. Hierarchical classification and detrended correspondence analysis divided the area studied into five regions which could be correlated to the differences in superficial sediments and depth across the basin. Although much of the fauna was ubiquitous, a change in trophic structure was observed, with tubiculous polychaetes becoming progressively less common in deeper softer sediment areas where surface and non-selective deposit-feeding taxa predominated.

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