Zooplankton at deep Red Sea brine pools

Stein Kaartvedt, André Antunes, Anders Røstad, Thor A Klevjer, Hege Vestheim

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The deep-sea anoxic brines of the Red Sea comprise unique, complex and extreme habitats. These environments are too harsh for metazoans, while the brine–seawater interface harbors dense microbial populations. We investigated the adjacent pelagic fauna at two brine pools using net tows, video records from a remotely operated vehicle and submerged echosounders. Waters just above the brine pool of Atlantis II Deep (2000 m depth) appeared depleted of macrofauna. In contrast, the fauna appeared to be enriched at the Kebrit Deep brine–seawater interface (1466 m).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)679-684
JournalJournal of Plankton Research
Issue number3
Early online date30 May 2016
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 May 2016


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