During May and June 2000, for the first time, benthic samples were collected from 43 stations in the northern Gulf of Mexico deep sea that included seven transects along the northern continental slope and abyssal plain ranging in depth from 625 to 3159m. A total of 54 tardigrades (36 identified) were extracted from samples, ranging in depth from 625 to 3150m. Collected tardigrades belong to five genera and represented eight species, Angursa bicuspis abyssalis (two specimens from 1401 and 2020m depth), four species of Coronarctus (29 specimens from 625 to 3159m depth), Euclavarctus convergens (one specimen from 2743m depth), E. thieli (one specimen from 2635m depth), Proclavarctus sp. (one specimen from 2600m depth), Styraconyx sp. (two specimens from 1565 and 2600m depth). The most abundant genus was Coronarctus (80.5% of identified species) and was present in most areas sampled with the exception of the central and Mississippi trough regions and comprised four species, Coronarctus laubieri (15 specimens), C. stylisetus (one specimen), C. disparilis (three specimens) and a new species C. mexicus (10 specimens). Tardigrades were mostly found in the western regions (NW, W, WC) and in deep waters, 2290m average depth. Analyses of tardigrade and depth collected gave a slight positive correlation (R2=0.029), while analyses of tardigrade and degrees longitude resulted in a slight negative correlation (R2=0.022). © 2011 Blackwell Verlag GmbH.

Deep-sea tardigrades in the northern Gulf of Mexico with a description of a new species of Coronarctidae (Tardigrada: Arthrotardigrada), Coronarctus mexicus

GALLO, Maria;D'ADDABBO, ROSSANA;ACCOGLI, GIANLUCA;
2011

Abstract

During May and June 2000, for the first time, benthic samples were collected from 43 stations in the northern Gulf of Mexico deep sea that included seven transects along the northern continental slope and abyssal plain ranging in depth from 625 to 3159m. A total of 54 tardigrades (36 identified) were extracted from samples, ranging in depth from 625 to 3150m. Collected tardigrades belong to five genera and represented eight species, Angursa bicuspis abyssalis (two specimens from 1401 and 2020m depth), four species of Coronarctus (29 specimens from 625 to 3159m depth), Euclavarctus convergens (one specimen from 2743m depth), E. thieli (one specimen from 2635m depth), Proclavarctus sp. (one specimen from 2600m depth), Styraconyx sp. (two specimens from 1565 and 2600m depth). The most abundant genus was Coronarctus (80.5% of identified species) and was present in most areas sampled with the exception of the central and Mississippi trough regions and comprised four species, Coronarctus laubieri (15 specimens), C. stylisetus (one specimen), C. disparilis (three specimens) and a new species C. mexicus (10 specimens). Tardigrades were mostly found in the western regions (NW, W, WC) and in deep waters, 2290m average depth. Analyses of tardigrade and depth collected gave a slight positive correlation (R2=0.029), while analyses of tardigrade and degrees longitude resulted in a slight negative correlation (R2=0.022). © 2011 Blackwell Verlag GmbH.
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