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Brandt A.,Biozentrum Grindel and Zoological Museum | Elsner N.,Biozentrum Grindel and Zoological Museum | Brenke N.,German Center for Marine Biodiversiy Research | Golovan O.,RAS A.V. Zhirmunsky Institute of Marine Biology | And 4 more authors.
Deep-Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography | Year: 2013

Faunistic data from a newly designed camera-epibenthic sledge (C-EBS) are presented. These were collected during the joint Russian-German expedition SoJaBio (Sea of Japan Biodiversity Studies) on board the R.V. Akademik Lavrentyev from four transects (A-D) between 460 and 3660. m depth. In total, 244,531 macro- and megafaunal individuals were sampled with the classes Malacostraca (80,851 individuals), Polychaeta (36,253 ind.) and Ophiuroidea (34,004 ind.) being most abundant. Within the Malacostraca, Peracarida (75,716 ind.) were most abundant and within these, the Isopoda were the dominant taxon (27,931 ind.), followed by Amphipoda (21,403 ind.), Cumacea (13,971 ind.) and Tanaidacea (10,830 ind.). Mysidacea (1581 ind.) were least frequent. Bivalvia, Amphipoda, Cumacea and Mysidacea as well as inbenthic meiofaunal Nematoda occurred in higher numbers at the shallower stations and their numbers decreased with increasing depth. Polychaeta, Isopoda, and Tanaidacea, on the contrary, increased in abundance with increasing depth. Only one isopod species was sampled at abyssal depths in the Sea of Japan but at very high abundance: Eurycope spinifrons Gurjanova, 1933 (Asellota: Munnopsidae). Echinoderms occurred frequently at the shallower slope stations. Ophiuroids were dominating, followed by holothurians, and echinoids and asteroids which occurred in lower numbers and primarily at the shallower stations of transects A and B. Only 2163 individual anthozoans were recorded and these were mostly confined to the lower slope. The technical design of a new C-EBS is described. Next to temperature-insulated epi- and suprabenthic samplers, it is equipped with still and video cameras, which deliver information on seabed topography and megafaunal occurrence. Furthermore, Aanderaa CTD and SEAGUARD RCM allow for collection of physical parameters, such as near bottom oxygen composition, temperature and conductivity. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

Zemko K.,University of Lodz | Kaiser S.,Biozentrum Grindel and Zoological Museum
Polish Polar Research | Year: 2012

A new thambematid species, Thambema thunderstruckae sp. n., is described from King George Island, South Shetland Islands, Antarctic. Specimens of the new species were collected during two Polish Antarctic Expeditions in 1985 and 2007. It is the first record of this family from the Southern Hemisphere. The new species most closely resembles Thambema golanachum Harrison, 1987 and T. fiatum Harrison, 1987 but can be distinguished from both species by the shape of male pleopod 1, the number of claws on pereopods 2-7 and the setation of pereopod 1 and 2 carpus, respectively. A key to all known genera and species in the family Thambematidae is also provided.

Timm M.,Biozentrum Grindel and Zoological Museum | Kaiser S.,University of Southampton | Brandt A.,Biozentrum Grindel and Zoological Museum
Zootaxa | Year: 2013

A new acanthaspidiid species, Acanthaspidia matsi sp. nov., is described from the Powell Basin slope (Weddell Sea, Southern Ocean). Specimens of the new species were collected during the expedition ANDEEP III on board RV Polarstern in March 2005. The new species most closely resembles Acanthaspidia typhlops (G. O. Sars, 1879), Acanthaspidia na-talensis (Kensley, 1977) and Acanthaspidia bifurcatoides Kussakin & Vasina, 1982, but can be distinguished from all these species by the following characters: rostrum strongly trifid (tips 0.4 times rostrum length); pereonites 1, 3-4 and 6 with 2 mid-dorsal spines; pleotelson spinulated, with 2 robust mid-dorsal spines. Systematic difficulties to distinguish the genera Acanthaspidia Stebbing, 1898 and Ianthopsis Beddard, 1886 are discussed and a key to all species in the genus Acanthaspidia is provided. Copyright © 2013 Magnolia Press.

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