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Spatial distribution of ichthyofauna in the northern Alboran Sea (western Mediterranean)
García-Ruiz, C.; Lloris, D.; Rueda, J.L.; García-Martínez, M.C.; Gil de Sola, L. (2015). Spatial distribution of ichthyofauna in the northern Alboran Sea (western Mediterranean). J. Nat. Hist. 49(19-20): 1191-1224.
In: Journal of Natural History. Taylor & Francis: London. ISSN 0022-2933; e-ISSN 1464-5262
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Author keywords
    ichthyofauna, demersal species, Alboran Sea, assemblages, spatial distribution, species richness

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  • García-Ruiz, C.
  • Lloris, D.
  • Rueda, J.L.
  • García-Martínez, M.C.
  • Gil de Sola, L.

    This study describes the four main demersal fish assemblages identified along the continental shelf and slope (30–800 m depth) of the northern Alboran Sea (western Mediterranean), based on the analysis of the MEDITS (International bottom trawl survey in the Mediterranean) 12-year data series. We collected 186 fish species belonging to three classes, 24 orders and 69 families. Taxonomically, the order Perciformes was the most diverse, represented by 18 families and 58 species. Each assemblage had particular characteristics of abundance, biomass, mean fish weight and species richness. The geographical differences associated with the distribution of some species occurred within shelf assemblages. The middle slope was characterised by the highest similarity between samples, probably due to its lower environmental variability compared to that of the other assemblages.

  • MEDITS-Spain: Demersal and mega-benthic species from the MEDITS (Mediterranean International Trawl Survey) project on the Spanish continental shelf between 1994 and 2009

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