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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2014

Spatio-temporal composition and dynamics of zooplankton in the Kalmar Sound (western Baltic Sea) in 2009-2010

Carlos, Diaz-Gil; Werner, Malin; Lövgren, Olof; Kaljuste, Olavi; Grzyb, Anna; Margonski, Piotr; Casini, Michele

Abstract

In pelagic food webs, zooplankton is the link between lower and higher trophic levels. It is thus essential to know how the zooplankton community structure varies with its environment. We investigated the seasonal and spatial variation in the zooplankton diversity and community structure during two consecutive years in the Kalmar Sound, along the Swedish east coast, an area with a strong bathymetric gradient and of high ecological importance for e.g. commercial fish species. Two zooplankton communities were identified in the area: a coastal/estuarine community in the south and an open-water community in the north. They were separated mainly by differing salinity and temperature conditions. Biodiversity increased from spring to autumn and was higher in the open waters.

Published in

Boreal Environment Research
2014, volume: 19, number: 4, pages: 323-335
Publisher: FINNISH ENVIRONMENT INST

Authors' information

Carlos, Diaz-Gil
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Aquatic Resources
Carlos, Diaz-Gil
Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies
Carlos, Diaz-Gil
University of Gothenburg
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Aquatic Resources
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Aquatic Resources
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Aquatic Resources
Grzyb, Anna
National Marine Fisheries Research Institute
Margonski, Piotr
National Marine Fisheries Research Institute
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Aquatic Resources

UKÄ Subject classification

Ecology

URI (permanent link to this page)

https://res.slu.se/id/publ/64578