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dc.contributor.authorVestheim, Hege
dc.contributor.authorKaartvedt, Stein
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-12T09:26:35Z
dc.date.available2015-08-12T09:26:35Z
dc.date.issued2015-02-26
dc.identifier.issn18671616
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s12526-015-0321-0
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/566061
dc.description.abstractApproximately 25 deep sea brine pools occur along the mid axis of the Red Sea. These hypersaline, anoxic, and acidic environments have previously been reported to host diverse microbial communities. We visited the Kebrit brine pool in April 2013 and found macrofauna present just above the brine–seawater interface (~1465 m). In particular, inactive sulfur chimneys had associated epifauna of sea anemones, sabellid type polychaetes, and hydroids, and infauna consisting of capitellid polychaetes, gastropods of the genus Laeviphitus (fam. Elachisinidae), and top snails of the family Cocculinidae. The deep Red Sea generally is regarded as extremely poor in benthos. We hypothesize that the periphery along the Kebrit holds increased biomass and biodiversity that are sustained by prokaryotes associated with the brine pool or co-occurring seeps.
dc.publisherSpringer Nature
dc.subjectBenthic fauna
dc.subjectCnidarians
dc.subjectDHAB
dc.subjectInactive chimneys
dc.subjectMolluscs
dc.subjectPolychaetes
dc.titleA deep sea community at the Kebrit brine pool in the Red Sea
dc.typeArticle
dc.contributor.departmentBiological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division
dc.contributor.departmentMarine Science Program
dc.contributor.departmentOffice of the VP
dc.contributor.departmentRed Sea Research Center (RSRC)
dc.identifier.journalMarine Biodiversity
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Biosciences, University of Oslo, PO Box 1066Blindern, Oslo, Norway
kaust.personVestheim, Hege
kaust.personKaartvedt, Stein
dc.date.published-online2015-02-26
dc.date.published-print2016-03


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