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Cymraeg

A comparison of benthic polychaete diversity in tropical, subtropical and temperate locations

Staff: Andrew Mackie, Teresa Darbyshire, & Kate Mortimer-Jones
Bristle worm
A bristle worm found commonly in the Bristol Channel.

Despite literature sources indicating that enhanced biodiversity occurs in tropical regions, there are very few supporting studies for the seabed (benthic) invertebrates of shelf waters. The bristleworms (polychaetes) generally form the largest component of the animals that inhabit sedimentary habitats and therefore are an important group to study in this respect.

We have carried out studies of benthic habitats in the Seychelles, Hong Kong and Wales, and these have yielded directly comparable datasets of the polychaete assemblages. The datasets are being analysed and compared using a variety of methods to determine the diversity patterns present and evaluate their significance.

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