Effects of typhoons on gelatinous carnivore zooplankton off Northern Taiwan

Lopez-Lopez, Lucia, Molinero, Juan Carlos, Tseng, Li-Chun, Chen, Qing-Chao, Houng, Jian-Wen and Hwang, Jiang-Shiou (2012) Effects of typhoons on gelatinous carnivore zooplankton off Northern Taiwan Cahiers de Biologie Marine, 53 . pp. 349-355.

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We examine the effect of typhoons, as potential drivers of nutrient pulse events, on gelatinous carnivore zooplankton. The period investigated spanned from 2007 to 2010, where seasonal abundance and taxonomic composition of the gelatinous zooplankton community was recorded off North Taiwan. Typhoon effects were assessed in the abundance, diversity and species richness of the gelatinous carnivore populations. Significant associations between typhoons and gelatinous carnivores were found in time delays varying from 3 to 25 days, but no association was identified for longer time intervals. Generally, a decrease in species richness occurred during the summer season, and this was accentuated in 2008, shortly after typhoons events. We hypothesize that typhoons might act as resource pulse triggers probably enhancing open niches for opportunistic carnivore zooplankton groups.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: typhoon; gelatinous zooplankton; resource pulse
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB3 Marine Ecology > FB3-EOE-N Experimental Ecology - Food Webs
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0007-9723
Projects: Future Ocean
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2012 11:35
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2016 09:17
URI: http://eprints.uni-kiel.de/id/eprint/15106

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