Document: Taxonomic Results. Arafura Sea Biological Survey

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The benthos of the outer shelf of the Arafura Sea

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Wilson, G. D. F.
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Summary Arafura Sea Biology


This survey represents the first detailed analysis of the benthos of the Arafura Sea. This tropical sea is a major connection between the Pacific and Indian Oceans, and is subject to strong tidally induced seafloor currents and typical hemipelagic carbonate rich sedimentation. The Arafura Sea is relatively unknown biologically, except for previous fisheries-oriented research. Four areas in this region were sampled intensively by R/V Southern Surveyor voyage SS05-2005 during May 2005. Two biologists on this expedition collected and preserved 107 faunal samples. This document reports the results from the identifications contributed by specialists from multiple organisations.

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