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Composition and distribution patterns of marine planktonic ostracods (Crustacea, Ostracoda) in the Adriatic Sea - a historical perspective
Brautovic, I.; Bojanic, N.; Vidjak, O.; Grbec, B.; Gangai Zovko, B. (2018). Composition and distribution patterns of marine planktonic ostracods (Crustacea, Ostracoda) in the Adriatic Sea - a historical perspective. Acta Adriat. 59(1): 71-90
In: Acta Adriatica. Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries: Split. ISSN 0001-5113; e-ISSN 1846-0453, meer
Peer reviewed article  

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    Composition > Community composition
    Distribution patterns
    Halocyprididae Dana, 1853 [WoRMS]; Ostracoda [WoRMS]
    MED, Adriatic Sea [Marine Regions]
Author keywords
    planktonic ostracods

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  • Brautovic, I.
  • Bojanic, N.
  • Vidjak, O.
  • Grbec, B., meer
  • Gangai Zovko, B.

    This study provides the first comprehensive results on species composition, seasonal and horizontal distribution of the planktonic ostracod community in the open waters of the whole Adriatic Sea. Samples were collected during the “Andrija Mohorovičić” oceanographic expedition (1974-1976) in all four seasons at 35 stations located along eight latitudinal transects in the northern, central and southern part of the Adriatic Sea. Fifteen ostracod species and two subspecies belonging to the family Halocyprididae were identified. The dominant species were Archiconchoecia striata, Porroecia spinirostris and Proceroecia macroprocera. Additionally, Paraconchoecia oblonga was recorded for the first time in the Adriatic Sea. The highest abundance and diversity of planktonic ostracods were found in the deep South Adriatic. Conversely, ostracods were scarce in the shallow North Adriatic area. As the transitional zone between these two regions, the Central Adriatic was characterized by high ostracod diversity, but a short period of dominance in the zooplankton assemblage. The horizontal distribution of planktonic ostracods in the Adriatic Sea could be linked to periodical ingressions of Eastern Mediterranean water masses and gyre currents, especially in the Central and the South Adriatic.

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