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MA Lin, LI Xinzheng. Benthic harpacticoid copepods of Jiaozhou Bay, Qingdao[J]. HaiyangYuHuZhao, 2017, 35(5): 1127-1133

Benthic harpacticoid copepods of Jiaozhou Bay, Qingdao

MA Lin1,2, LI Xinzheng1,2
1 Department of Marine Organism Taxonomy & Phylogeny, Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Qingdao 266071, China;
2 Laboratory for Marine Biology and Biotechnology, Qingdao 266237, China
The species richness of benthic harpacticoid copepod fauna in Jiaozhou Bay, Qingdao, on the southern coast of Shandong Peninsula, has not been comprehensively studied. We present a preliminary inventory of species for this region based on material found in nine sediment samples collected from 2011 to 2012. Our list includes 15 species belonging to 15 genera in 9 families, the most speciose family was the Miraciidae Dana, 1846 (seven species); all other families were represented by single species only. Sediment characteristics and depth are determined to be important environmental determinants of harpacticoid distribution in this region. We briefly detail the known distributions of species and provide a key to facilitate their identification. Both harpacticoid species richness and the species/genus ratio in Jiaozhou Bay are lower than in Bohai Gulf and Gwangyang Bay. The poor knowledge of the distribution of benthic harpacticoids, in addition to low sampling effort in Jiaozhou Bay, likely contribute to low species richness.
Key words:    Zhujiang River estuary|radium isotopes|water ages|nutrients   
Received: 2016-01-28   Revised: 2016-03-21
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