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Research Article

Biogeography and Potential Exchanges Among the Atlantic Equatorial Belt Cold-Seep Faunas

  • Karine Olu mail,

    karine.olu@ifremer.fr

    Affiliation: Département Etude des Ecosystèmes Profonds (DEEP), IFREMER, BP70, 29280 Plouzané, France

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  • Erik E. Cordes,

    Affiliation: Biology Department, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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  • Charles R. Fisher,

    Affiliation: Biology Department, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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  • James M. Brooks,

    Affiliation: TDI-Brooks International, College Station, Texas, United States of America

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  • Myriam Sibuet,

    Affiliation: Institut Océanographique, Paris, France

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  • Daniel Desbruyères

    Affiliation: Département Etude des Ecosystèmes Profonds (DEEP), IFREMER, BP70, 29280 Plouzané, France

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  • Published: August 05, 2010
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0011967
  • Published in PLOS ONE

About the Authors

Karine Olu, Daniel Desbruyères
Département Etude des Ecosystèmes Profonds (DEEP), IFREMER, BP70, 29280 Plouzané, France
Erik E. Cordes
Biology Department, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Charles R. Fisher
Biology Department, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, United States of America
James M. Brooks
TDI-Brooks International, College Station, Texas, United States of America
Myriam Sibuet
Institut Océanographique, Paris, France

Corresponding Author

Email: karine.olu@ifremer.fr

Competing Interests

Total oil company has partially funded the work in the Gulf of Guinea (collaboration Ifremer-Total: program “Biozaire”). The company TDI-Brooks International was responsible for the collections of the scientific seep samples from the Nigerian margin. The funding from these commercial sources does not alter the authors' adherence to all the PLoS ONE policies on sharing data and materials.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: EEC CRF MS. Performed the experiments: KO EEC CRF. Analyzed the data: KO. Wrote the paper: KO. Contributed to writing the paper (corrections): EEC CRF. Supplied some of the W African collections analyzed and was the lead on the deep water Chemo project in the GoM, where a bunch of the original data for those analyses came from: JMB. Project leader for Congo and Gabon margins: MS. Leader of ChEss project “Atlantic Equatorial Belt communities”: DD.