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|Decapod fauna of the Helgoland trench (Crustacea) a long-term study in a biodiversity hotspot|In: Marine Biodiversity. Springer: Heidelberg; Berlin. ISSN 1867-1616; e-ISSN 1867-1624, meer
Helgoland trench; Decapod fauna
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- Schwinn, M.
- Türkay, M.
- Sonnewald, M.
Thirty-seven species of decapod Crustaceans were collected from the Helgoland Trench during a long-term study through the periods 1982-1992 and 2000-2013. This brings up the decapod species known from that area up to 41 (+ 3 uncertain ones). Most of the species have a boreal to temperate distribution pattern. The diversity and specificity of the fauna are particularly high and amount to about a quarter of the total species numbers of the German Bight. The Helgoland Trench can thus be considered as a biodiversity hotspot in the German Bight. Furthermore, the species composition reacts quite sensibly to temperature changes induced by climate change and alien species remained notably absent.