Articles | Volume 17, issue 10
Research article
20 May 2020
Research article |  | 20 May 2020

Biogeography and community structure of abyssal scavenging Amphipoda (Crustacea) in the Pacific Ocean

Tasnim Patel, Henri Robert, Cedric D'Udekem D'Acoz, Koen Martens, Ilse De Mesel, Steven Degraer, and Isa Schön

Data sets

Scavenging amphipod abundances at baited trap stations, collected during SONNE cruises SO239 and SO242/1, Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone (NE Pacific) and DisCOL Experimental Area (Peru Basin) Tasnim Patel

Short summary
Exploitation of deep-sea resources in one of the largest ecosystems on the planet has rendered research of its biodiversity more urgent than ever before. We investigated the known habitats and connectivity of deep-sea scavenging amphipods and obtained important knowledge about several species. We also demonstrated that a long-term disturbance experiment has possibly reduced amphipod biodiversity. These data and further sampling expeditions are instrumental for formulating sustainable policies.
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