Upwelling phenomena: the main driver of the latitudinal diversity pattern in Northwest Africa?
MetadataShow full item record
AuthorsRamos, A. (Ana); Ramil, F.; García-Isarch, E. (Eva); Matos-Pita, S.S. (Susana Soto) de; Castillo, S. (Sara); Gil, M. (Marta); Calero, B. (Belén); Muñoz, I. (Isabel); Rocha, F.; Fernández-Gago, R.
Although some depth-related patterns of the continental margin biodiversity are currently understood, the hypothesis that support the latitudinal gradient of species richness increasing from poles to tropics, has only been tested for particular North Atlantic taxa. To date, no systematic and comparative research considering the global zoobenthos at a large regional scale has been undertaken and therefore, the existence of a latitudinal large scale pattern remains uncertain worldwide. Despite the knowledge on benthic biodiversity of Northwest African slope is currently very scarce, some authors pointed out that faunal richness is higher in the upwelling areas than in the tropical regions, being probably less influenced by latitude than by upwelling phenomena and seasonal displacements of thermal fronts occurring in the so-called ‘alternance’ regions. The intensive sampling program following identical methodology in the Canary Current Large Marine Ecosystem region between 2002 and 2012 ...
The following license files are associated with this item: