Elasmobranch egg capsules associated with modern and ancient cold seeps: a nursery for marine deep-water predators

Treude, Tina, Kiel, Steffen, Linke, Peter, Peckmann, Jörn and Goedert, James L. (2011) Elasmobranch egg capsules associated with modern and ancient cold seeps: a nursery for marine deep-water predators Marine Ecology Progress Series, 437 . pp. 175-181. DOI 10.3354/meps09305.

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Abstract

At 2 modern deep-water cold-seep sites, the North Alex Mud Volcano (eastern Mediterranean Sea, water depth ~500 m) and the Concepción Methane Seep Area (south-east Pacific Ocean, water depth ~700 m), we found abundant catshark (Chondrichthyes: Scylio - rhinidae) and skate (Chondrichthyes: Rajidae) egg capsules, respectively, associated with carbonates and tubeworms. Fossilized catshark egg capsules were found at the 35 million year old Bear River Cold-Seep Deposit (Washington State, USA) closely associated with remains of tubeworms and sponges. We suggest that cold-seep ecosystems have served as nurseries for predatory elasmobranch fishes since at least late Eocene time and therewith possibly play an important role for the functioning of deep-water ecosystems.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Food Webs; Meeresgeologie; Ecology; Geochemistry; Catshark; Skate; Authigenic carbonate; Tubeworm; Methane; Deep sea; Chemosynthesis
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB2 Marine Biogeochemistry > FB2-MG Marine Geosystems
OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB2 Marine Biogeochemistry > FB2-JRG-A2 Seafloor Warming
OceanRep > SFB 574
OceanRep > SFB 574 > B3
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence
Refereed: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.3354/meps09305
ISSN: 0171-8630
Projects: Future Ocean
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SFB 574214
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Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2011 13:43
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2013 10:02
URI: http://eprints.uni-kiel.de/id/eprint/12259

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