Macroecological study of Centropages typicus in the North Atlantic Ocean

Beaugrand, G, Lindley, JA, Helaouët, P and Bonnet, D 2007 Macroecological study of Centropages typicus in the North Atlantic Ocean. Progress in Oceanography, 72 (2-3). 259-273.

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Centropages typicus is a temperate neritic-coastal species of the North Atlantic Oceans, generally found between the latitudes of the Mediterranean and the Norwegian Sea. Therefore, the species experiences a large number of environments and adjusts its life cycle in response to changes in key abiotic parameters such as temperature. Using data from the Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR) Survey, we review the macroecology of C. typicus and factors that influence its spatial distribution, phenology and year-to-year to decadal variability. The ecological preferences are identified and quantified. Mechanisms that allow the species to occur in such different environments are discussed and hypotheses are proposed as to how the species adapts to its environment. We show that temperature and both quantity and quality of phytoplankton are important factors explaining the space and time variability of C. typicus. These results show that C. typicus will not respond only to temperature increase in the region but also to changes in phytoplankton abundance, structure and composition and timing of occurrence. Methods such as a decision tree can help to forecast expected changes in the distribution of this species with hydro-climatic forcing. (C) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Additional Keywords: Macroecology; North Atlantic Ocean; Centropages typicus; CPR survey; Statistical analyses
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Date made live: 26 Mar 2014 14:09
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