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Large-scale sampling reveals the spatio-temporal distributions of the jellyfish Aurelia aurita and Cyanea capillata in the Irish Sea

Bastian, Thomas, Haberlin, Damien, Purcell, Jennifer E., Hays, Graeme C., Davenport, John, McAllen, Rob and Doyle, Thomas K. 2011, Large-scale sampling reveals the spatio-temporal distributions of the jellyfish Aurelia aurita and Cyanea capillata in the Irish Sea, Marine biology, vol. 158, no. 12, pp. 2639-2653, doi: 10.1007/s00227-011-1762-z.

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Title Large-scale sampling reveals the spatio-temporal distributions of the jellyfish Aurelia aurita and Cyanea capillata in the Irish Sea
Author(s) Bastian, Thomas
Haberlin, Damien
Purcell, Jennifer E.
Hays, Graeme C.ORCID iD for Hays, Graeme C. orcid.org/0000-0002-3314-8189
Davenport, John
McAllen, Rob
Doyle, Thomas K.
Journal name Marine biology
Volume number 158
Issue number 12
Start page 2639
End page 2653
Total pages 15
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publication date 2011-12
ISSN 0025-3162
1432-1793
Summary At-sea distributions of large scyphozoan jellyfish across the Irish Sea were studied using visual surface counts from ships of opportunity. Thirty-seven surveys were conducted along two >100 km long transects between Ireland and the UK from April to September in 2009 and 2010. Five species were recorded but only Aurelia aurita and Cyanea capillata were frequently observed. The first formal description of the seasonal changes in the abundances and distributions of these two species in the study area is provided. The highest densities of these species were more likely to be found ~30 km offshore, but large aggregations were present both in coastal and offshore waters. Evidence for aggregations of medusae along physical discontinuities was provided by coupling jellyfish observations with simultaneous records of environmental parameters. The value of surveys from ships of opportunity as cost-effective semi-quantitative tools, to develop local knowledge on jellyfish abundance, distribution, and phenology is discussed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s00227-011-1762-z
Field of Research 069999 Biological Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Springer
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30058267

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