Articles | Volume 14, issue 3
Biogeosciences, 14, 651–669, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-651-2017
Biogeosciences, 14, 651–669, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-651-2017

Research article 09 Feb 2017

Research article | 09 Feb 2017

Evaluating environmental drivers of spatial variability in free-living nematode assemblages along the Portuguese margin

Lidia Lins et al.

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