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The ecological role of Salpa thompsoni in the marine Antarctic ecosystem with reference to Antarctic krill

Looijengoed, W.J.M. van (2011) The ecological role of Salpa thompsoni in the marine Antarctic ecosystem with reference to Antarctic krill. Bachelor's Thesis, Biology.

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Abstract

High resolution data show a continuous warming trend responsible for environmental changes in the different water mass surrounding the Antarctic continent. The consequences for the Antarctic ecosystem are often correlated with the decline of the Antarctic krill population, an important link between primary production and higher trophic levels. Simultaneously, the biotope of Salpa thompsoni and its distribution range increases to an extent in which the Antarctic krill habitat retreats, referring to the association with less sea-ice cover in the Southern Ocean. The relative importance of the salp abundance is coherent with changes in the Antarctic environment. For this reason, it’s necessary to verify the relative contribution of this species with respect to implications and/or positive interactions with other marine life. This article represents an overview of the specific features related to the species Salpa thompsoni to understand the consequences of the particular shift in the Antarctic ecosystem.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's Thesis)
Degree programme: Biology
Thesis type: Bachelor's Thesis
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 07:45
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 07:45
URI: http://fse.studenttheses.ub.rug.nl/id/eprint/9557

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