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Aspects of Benthic Decapod Diversity and Distribution from Rocky Nearshore Habitat at Geographically Widely Dispersed Sites

  • Gerhard Pohle mail,

    gpohle@huntsmanmarine.ca

    Affiliation: Atlantic Reference Centre, Huntsman Marine Science Centre, St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada

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  • Katrin Iken,

    Affiliation: School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska, United States of America

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  • K. Robert Clarke,

    Affiliation: Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Prospect Place, West Hoe, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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  • Thomas Trott,

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, Suffolk University, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Brenda Konar,

    Affiliation: School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska, United States of America

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  • Juan José Cruz-Motta,

    Affiliation: Departamento de Estudios Ambientales, Centro de Biodiversidad Marina, Universidad Simón Bolívar, Caracas, Venezuela

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  • Melisa Wong,

    Affiliation: Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada

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  • Lisandro Benedetti-Cecchi,

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, University of Pisa, CoNISMa (National Interuniversity Consortium of Marine Sciences), Pisa, Italy

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  • Angela Mead,

    Affiliation: Department of Zoology, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

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  • Patricia Miloslavich,

    Affiliation: Departamento de Estudios Ambientales, Centro de Biodiversidad Marina, Universidad Simón Bolívar, Caracas, Venezuela

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  • Nova Mieszkowska,

    Affiliation: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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  • Rebecca Milne,

    Affiliation: Department of Zoology, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

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  • Laura Tamburello,

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, University of Pisa, CoNISMa (National Interuniversity Consortium of Marine Sciences), Pisa, Italy

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  • Ann Knowlton,

    Affiliation: School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska, United States of America

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  • Edward Kimani,

    Affiliation: Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute, Mombasa, Kenya

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  • Yoshihisa Shirayama

    Affiliation: Seto Marine Biological Laboratory, Kyoto University, Wakayama, Japan

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  • Published: April 14, 2011
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0018606
  • Published in PLOS ONE

About the Authors

Gerhard Pohle
Atlantic Reference Centre, Huntsman Marine Science Centre, St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada
Katrin Iken, Brenda Konar, Ann Knowlton
School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska, United States of America
K. Robert Clarke
Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Prospect Place, West Hoe, Plymouth, United Kingdom
Thomas Trott
Department of Biology, Suffolk University, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
Juan José Cruz-Motta, Patricia Miloslavich
Departamento de Estudios Ambientales, Centro de Biodiversidad Marina, Universidad Simón Bolívar, Caracas, Venezuela
Melisa Wong
Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
Lisandro Benedetti-Cecchi, Laura Tamburello
Department of Biology, University of Pisa, CoNISMa (National Interuniversity Consortium of Marine Sciences), Pisa, Italy
Angela Mead, Rebecca Milne
Department of Zoology, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
Nova Mieszkowska
Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, Plymouth, United Kingdom
Edward Kimani
Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute, Mombasa, Kenya
Yoshihisa Shirayama
Seto Marine Biological Laboratory, Kyoto University, Wakayama, Japan

Corresponding Author

Email: gpohle@huntsmanmarine.ca

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: GP KI BK JJC-M LB-C PM EK YS. Performed the experiments: GP KI KRC TT BK JJC-M MW LB-C AM PM NM RM LT AK EK YS. Analyzed the data: GP KRC. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: GP KI KRC TT BK JJC-M MW LB-C AM PM NM RM LT AK EK YS. Wrote the paper: GP KI KRC TT BK JJC-M MW LB-C AM PM NM RM LT AK EK YS.