Where and whence naticid to drill: possible ecological implications

submitted by: Dmitry_Aristov

Naticid gastropod mollusk Amauropsis islandica in the White Sea intertidal feeds on clams Macoma balthica boring their thin shells. In these habitats, predators can possibly influence size structure of Macoma by eliminating bigger clams. Our previous investigations showed weak predators-prey size correlations, contrary to some literature data (i.e. Kingsley-Smith et al, 2003; Quijon et al, 2007).

Meiobenthic diversity from tropical and temperate sandy beaches

submitted by: Katerina_Sevastou

Meiobenthic data from 13 tropical (Galapagos Islands) and 10 subtropical (Crete, Eastern Mediterranean) sandy beaches were used for exploring differences in diversity patterns between temperate and tropical areas. Nematodes dominated in terms of abundance at most of the tropical beaches (highest dominance 94%), whereas, copepods predominated in the temperate area, more pronouncedly in exposed conditions where in some cases they exceeded 90%.

Diversity of nudibranchs in Thailand

submitted by: Suchana_Chavanich
Nudibranchs can be found in a wide diversity of habitats in Thailand.  They have become popular subjects for underwater photographers and naturalists due to their wide diversity of forms and color patterns.  They are also important predators on many animal groups associated with bottom communities and some are proving to be of interest to scientists due to the presence of chemicals that may have medical applications.  However, little has been known about nudibranchs in Thailand.  In this...

The aquarium of Varna - educational center for biodiversity. daniela klisarova, elitsa petrova institute of fish resources-varna, bulgaria

submitted by: Daniela_Klisarova

The collection of marine, freshwater and tropical fish in the Aquarium Varna maintained by researchers at the Institute for Fish Resources , Agricultural Academy formed modern vision of the oldest Aquarium in the Balkans. It is relatively small to assess in the direction of long-term protection. The future imposes cooperative international programs necessary to form a large viable populations.

Investigation of invasive species in the  ballast waters of ships calling port of Varna. daniela klisarova institute of fish resources-varna, bulgaria

submitted by: Daniela_Klisarova
During the last years an unusual form of pollution by the  merchant ships, seriously harm the Black sea ecosystem. Thus the exotic species  accidentally  transported from the other parts of the Ocean with the ballast waters pumped out close to the Black sea coast were adapted successfully and developed violently, because they have not natural enemies to restrict their population. Investigation of the ballast waters by taking samples from ship's ballast tanks carried out in 2008-2009 in...

Science Supporting Australia’s Marine Bioregional Management – recent progress and future plans

submitted by: Nic_Bax

Australia’s marine bioregional planning is shifting gear form the design of the National Representative System of Maine Protected Areas (NRSMPA) to its implementation and management. In the last three years, the Marine Biodiversity Hub has confirmed existing spatial descriptions of marine biodiversity around Australia and developed new descriptors producing national maps that have contributed to the design and placement of the marine reserve estate.

Data Management and Data Availability in Support of Marine Biodiversity Research

submitted by: M._Allison

Biodiversity research requires access to location and abundance data supported by accompanying metadata. It is often desirable to have access to co-located hydrographic and other environmental data as well.