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Importance of copepod carcasses versus faecal pellets in the upper water column of an oligotrophic area
Description: Downward flux of zooplankton faecal pellets and carcasses was studied during and after the spring bloom in an oligotrophic coastal area of the Western Mediterranean using a 'swimmer-excluding' sediment trap. The paper discusses the relative importance of carcasses versus faecal pellet flux and of non-predatory versus predatory mortality, as well as the potential role of these zooplankton detritus in supporting the production of benthos in oligotrophic areas. [Source: Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science]
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Source: Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science
Publish Date: 5/1/2011
Reading Level: Expert
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