Articles | Volume 21, issue 2
Research article
01 Feb 2024
Research article |  | 01 Feb 2024

Diversity and density relationships between lebensspuren and tracemaking organisms: a study case from abyssal northwest Pacific

Olmo Miguez-Salas, Angelika Brandt, Henry Knauber, and Torben Riehl

Data sets

Still images from the KuramBio expedition 2012 (Stations 3-6, 8-11) obtained with the Ocean Floor Observation System Miguez Salas, O., & Riehl, T.

Lebensspuren and benthic fauna diversity and density data obtained from KuramBio 2012 expedition still images (50 still images per 8 deep-sea stations) Miguez Salas, O., & Riehl, T.

Short summary
In the deep sea, the interaction between benthic fauna (tracemakers) and substrate can be preserved as traces (i.e. lebensspuren), which are common features of seafloor landscapes, rendering them promising proxies for inferring biodiversity from marine images. No general correlation was observed between traces and benthic fauna. However, a local correlation was observed between specific stations depending on unknown tracemakers, tracemaker behaviour, and lebensspuren morphotypes.
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