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Ecological Studies on Marine Algal-Dwelling Copepoda (Harpacticoida) from Wellington, New Zealand

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dc.contributor.advisor Wear, Bob
dc.contributor.advisor Averill, Bob
dc.contributor.advisor Garrick, Jack Hicks, Geoffrey Richard Frederick 2008-11-17T00:38:26Z 2008-11-17T00:38:26Z 1976 1976
dc.description.abstract A quantitative seasonal study has been made on aspects of the ecology of marine algal-dwelling harpacticoid copepods at Island Bay, Wellington, New Zealand. Results are based on 154 samples collected from six species of macro-algae between April 1973 and March 1974 and is the first integrated research programme into the population dynamics of members of the phytal meiobenthos. Harpacticoid species collected are listed and brief taxonomic and zoogeographic notes on selected species is given. An analysis is made of the southern hemisphere zoogeographic relationships of the N. Z. marine harpacticoid fauna and this suggests distinct affinities with the Magellanic region of South America. The numerical contribution of harpacticoids to the total phytal meiofauna shows them to be the dominant taxon. Density comparisons are made with parallel studies on the sediment meiobenthos; in general the phytal is comparable with those from sandy bottoms. Species occurrence on each algal substrate, their specific association between each seaweed and within the rocky shore algal biotope as a whole is assessed. Seasonal periodicity in population .density is variable and is dependent on the reproductive activity of individual species. Breeding data are analysed for twenty species and reveal continuous or protracted breeding seasons, providing useful comparisons with interstitial and epibenthic representatives. Substrate preference for particular algae by truly phytal-dwelling harpacticoids is demonstrated for the first time. en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.subject Harpacticoida en_NZ
dc.subject Quantitative studies en_NZ
dc.subject Copepoda en_NZ
dc.subject Marine ecology en_NZ
dc.title Ecological Studies on Marine Algal-Dwelling Copepoda (Harpacticoida) from Wellington, New Zealand en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Biological Sciences en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.marsden 270501 Animal Systematics, Taxonomy and Phylogeny en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.marsden 270702 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (Incl. Marine Ichthyology) en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Doctoral Thesis en_NZ Zoology en_NZ Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ Doctoral en_NZ Doctor of Philosophy en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 069999 Biological Sciences not elsewhere classified en_NZ

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