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Taxonomy, ecology and zoogeography of marine ostracods (Crustacea) of a coral island in Papua New Guinea

Dutch title: Taxonomie, ecologie en zoögrafie van mariene ostracoden (Crustacea) van een koraaleiland in Papua Nieuw-Guinea
Reference no: P103/3E990638
Period: October 1999 till September 2002
Status: Completed

Thesaurus terms: Coral islands; Ecology; Marine biology; Marine invertebrates; Taxonomy; Zoogeography
Geographical term: ISEW, Papua New Guinea [Marine Regions]

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  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven; Departement Biologie; Afdeling Dierenecologie en -systematiek; Aquatische Ecologie en Evolutiebiologie, more, co-ordinator

This research project aims at establishing new insights in the taxonomy, ecology and zoogeography of marine ostracods from the Indo-Pacific realm. The distribution of ostracods on a carbonate platform is largely determined by microfacies properties. The occurence of interstitial ostracods, however, is influenced by the physical constraints of the sediment. Emphasis will also be on the relationship between bio- and thanatocoenoses, and on geographical and climatological factors influencing faunistical distribution.

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