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Deep-water macroalgal-dominated coastal detritic assemblages on the continental shelf off Mallorca and Menorca (Balearic Islands, Western Mediterranean)

Sergi Joher
  • Universitat de Girona, Facultat de Ciències, Departament de Ciències Ambientals, Campus de Montilivi, 17071 Girona, Spain
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/ Enric Ballesteros
  • Centre d’Estudis Avançats de Blanes – CSIC, Accés Cala Sant Francesc 14, Blanes, 17300 Girona, Spain
/ Emma Cebrian
  • Universitat de Girona, Facultat de Ciències, Departament de Ciències Ambientals, Campus de Montilivi, 17071 Girona, Spain
/ Noemí Sánchez
  • Universitat de Girona, Facultat de Ciències, Departament de Ciències Ambientals, Campus de Montilivi, 17071 Girona, Spain
/ Conxi Rodríguez-Prieto
  • Universitat de Girona, Facultat de Ciències, Departament de Ciències Ambientals, Campus de Montilivi, 17071 Girona, Spain
Published Online: 2012-08-10 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/bot-2012-0113

Abstract

We present a quantitative physiognomic characterization of major macroalgal-dominated assemblages on coastal detritic bottoms of the continental shelf off Mallorca and Menorca (Balearic Islands, Western Mediterranean). In late spring of 2007 and 2008, 29 samples were collected by bottom trawling at depths between -52 and -93 m. These samples were then sorted and identified to their lowest taxonomic level. Statistical analyses distinguished six different assemblage types: shallower water environments (-52 to -65 m in depth) were characterized by Osmundaria volubilis and Phyllophora crispa meadows and two types of Peyssonnelia beds; two assemblage types, Laminaria rodriguezii beds and maërl beds, were only present in deep-water environments (-77 to -81 m); and an assemblage dominated by P. crispa and Halopteris filicina was found in both shallow and deep waters (-57 to -93 m). We assess the distribution of these six assemblage types through the studied area.

Keywords: algal assemblages; bottom trawl; detritic bottoms; macroalgae; Mediterranean Sea

Corresponding author: Sergi Joher, Universitat de Girona, Facultat de Ciències, Departament de Ciències Ambientals, Campus de Montilivi, 17071 Girona, Spain


Received: 2012-02-08

Accepted: 2012-07-11

Published Online: 2012-08-10

Published in Print: 2012-10-01


Citation Information: Botanica Marina. Volume 55, Issue 5, Pages 485–497, ISSN (Online) 1437-4323, ISSN (Print) 0006-8055, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/bot-2012-0113, August 2012

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