MEPS - Vol. 316 - Feature article

Antarctic sessile assemblages are governed by extremely slow, highly seasonal growth and by a range of post- settlement disturbances during early development. Photo: David A. Bowden

Bowden DA, Clarke A, Peck LS, Barnes DKA

 

Antarctic sessile marine benthos: colonisation and growth on artificial substrata over three years

 

Bowden and Barnes and co-workers present the first successful benthic colonisation study from within the Antarctic Circle. They describe a system governed by extremely slow, highly seasonal, growth and a range of post-settlement disturbances in which succession is more predictable than in comparable temperate or tropical assemblages.

 

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