KAUST DepartmentRed Sea Research Center (RSRC)
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AbstractThe deep-sea anoxic brines of the Red Sea comprise unique, complex and extreme habitats. These environments are too harsh for metazoans, while the brine–seawater interface harbors dense microbial populations. We investigated the adjacent pelagic fauna at two brine pools using net tows, video records from a remotely operated vehicle and submerged echosounders. Waters just above the brine pool of Atlantis II Deep (2000 m depth) appeared depleted of macrofauna. In contrast, the fauna appeared to be enriched at the Kebrit Deep brine–seawater interface (1466 m).
CitationZooplankton at deep Red Sea brine pools 2016:fbw013 Journal of Plankton Research
PublisherOxford University Press (OUP)
JournalJournal of Plankton Research