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Title: Kelp rafts in the Southern Ocean
Contributor(s): Smith, SD (author)
Publication Date: 2002
DOI: 10.1046/j.1466-822X.2001.00259.x
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Abstract: Kelp rafts were surveyed during three summer traverses between Hobart and Macquarie Island (subAntarctic) to determine the potential for dispersal of kelp-associated macroinvertebrates across the latitudes of 46–53°S. Rafts of Durvillaea antarctica dominated the sightings (94% of rafts) and extrapolations to the full Southern Ocean between these latitudes indicate a figure of over 70 million rafts afloat at any one time, 20 million of which support a holdfast, the habitat supporting the highest faunal diversity in attached kelp plants. In contrast, few, small rafts of Macrocystis pyrifera were observed. The potential for dispersal of fauna is presumed to be related to the species of kelp with which they are associated. Empirical studies of survival of animals while drifting at sea, and also on making land-fall, are required to allow fuller interpretation of the significance of these findings.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Global Ecology and Biogeography: A Journal of Macroecology, 11(1), p. 67-69
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1466-822X
Field of Research (FOR): 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology)
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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