Seasonal variability of meiobenhic assemblages inhabiting the Notthinghambukta tidal flat, SW Spitsbergen

Barbara Wojtasik , Kamil Nowiński , Wioletta Staniszewska , Anna Kheireddine


The aim of the work was to describe the variability of a group of meiobenthos inhabiting a tidal flat in Nottinghambukta which is influenced by the diverse conditions of a seasonal as well as multi-annual cyclicity. Samples were collected in five series, i.e. during the Arctic spring (2001), summer (2000 and 2001) and autumn (2001). The material for qualitative analysis was collected from sites with different hydrological characteristics. The following major meiobenthic taxa were found: Metazoa, i.e. Nematoda and Crustacea (Ostracoda and Copepoda-Harpacticoida), and Foraminifera. Unstable conditions in the bay result in a seasonal variability in the species composition as well as an uneven colonisation of the Nottinghambukta area by meiobenthos. The lowest taxonomic diversity occurs in summer, but it increases in autumn when the land runoff ceases. Based on the conducted analysis, it can be concluded that the inflow of seawater in autumn brings on the occurrence of new taxa, which probably inhabit the bay temporarily until the summer season during which the highly variable conditions cause a change in the species composition. For the series of samples collected in July 2000 and 2001, the species composition for Harpacticoida was determined. The taxonomic diversity of the harpacticoid assemblage inhabiting the bay was observed in the two subsequent years. Moreover, during the study duration a considerable decrease was observed in the abundance of Ostracoda in Nottinghambukta.
Author Barbara Wojtasik (FB / DGB)
Barbara Wojtasik,,
- Katedra Genetyki i Biosystematyki
, Kamil Nowiński (FOG / IG / DLimn)
Kamil Nowiński,,
- Department of Limnology
, Wioletta Staniszewska (FB / DGB)
Wioletta Staniszewska,,
- Katedra Genetyki i Biosystematyki
, Anna Kheireddine (FB / DGB)
Anna Kheireddine,,
- Katedra Genetyki i Biosystematyki
Journal seriesLimnological Review, ISSN 1642-5952, e-ISSN 2300-7575, (N/A 20 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.7
Keywords in English meiobenthos, Nottinghambukta, Spitsbergen, seasonal variability, Foraminifera, Harpacticoida, Ostracoda
Languageen angielski
LicenseRepository; published final; Uznanie Autorstwa - Użycie Niekomercyjne - Bez utworów zależnych (CC-BY-NC-ND); with publication
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