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Distinctiveness of the mesopelagic fish fauna in the Gulf of Mexico
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Bangma، نويسنده , , Jessica L. and Haedrich، نويسنده , , Richard L.، نويسنده ,
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روزنامه با شماره پیاپی سال 2008
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We quantify the similarity of the Gulf of Mexico mesopelagic fish fauna to that in adjacent oceanic regions, the Venezuelan and Colombian Basins of the Caribbean Sea and the North and South Sargasso Seas. The South Sargasso and Colombian are the least similar of the areas in terms of their faunal composition, and the Venezuelan and Colombian Basins are the most similar. The Gulf fauna lies somewhere in between, and is a composite of that in the Sargasso and Caribbean Seas. The Gulf of Mexico displays the greatest abundance, biomass and richness (S=140 species), and is an intermediate in evenness (J=0.66) and percent endemism (7.1%). Our findings support the view that the centrally located Gulf is an oceanic ecotone between the Atlantic Tropical and Subtropical faunal regions.
Keywords :
Pelagic fishes , Gulf of Mexico , Fish biogeography
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Deep-sea research part II: Topical Studies in oceanography
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