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Plankton-derived resting stages in marine coastal sediments along the Salento Peninsula (Apulia, south-eastern Italy)
Rubino, F.; Moscatello, S.; Saracino, O.D.; Fanelli, G.; Belmonte, G.; Boero, F. (2002). Plankton-derived resting stages in marine coastal sediments along the Salento Peninsula (Apulia, south-eastern Italy). Mar. Ecol. (Berl.) 23(Suppl. 1): 329-339. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1439-0485.2002.tb00031.x
In: Marine Ecology (Berlin). Blackwell: Berlin. ISSN 0173-9565; e-ISSN 1439-0485, more
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Keywords
    Coastal areas
    Plankton
    Resting stages
    Species composition
    MED, Italy [Marine Regions]
    Marine/Coastal
Author keywords
    Salento Peninsula; plankton; resting stages; coastal areas;benthic-pelagic coupling

Authors  Top 
  • Rubino, F.
  • Moscatello, S.
  • Saracino, O.D.
  • Fanelli, G.
  • Belmonte, G., more
  • Boero, F., more

Abstract
    An oceanographic survey was carried out along the Salento Peninsula in March 2000. Resting stages of plankton were searched for in coastal sediments to study the microplankton composition in addition to the classical analysis of active stages in the water column. A total of 215 taxa were recognised, 149 as active stages in the water column and 74 as resting stages in the sediments. Cysts were widely distributed and at Brindisi and Alimini their abundance was higher than elsewhere. A general trend was observed with resting stage abundance, species richness and diversity in the sediments: all three decreased with distance from the coast. The integrated water/sediments approach used in this study allowed us to collect 37 species (mainly as resting stages) new for the studied area.

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