INTRODUCTION


The data presented in this website originate from the diploma thesis (see contact).

Soft-bottom macrofauna (5-30m) of Kongsfjorden (Svalbard) were sampled in June-August 2003. Most organisms presented in this site were quantitatively investigated by SCUBA-diver operated airlift system (0.2m-2). During this study 63 taxa were found, 30 of which had not previously been reported in Kongsfjorden and seven in Svalbard. Data representing abundance, biomass, zoogeography, trophic structure and sampling locality (with depth details) are presented for most of the organisms.

Qualitative soft-bottom macrofauna samples were conducted in four glacial fjords, Billefjord, Magdalenefjord, Raudfjord and Wijdefjord (Svalbard) in September 2003. Grab samples (Van Veen, 0.1m-2) were collected in the following different water masses: Atlantic water, Arctic water and in cold water of the deep fjord basins.

The majority of the photographs were taken of living individuals using a binocular microscope (amplification 6.3x-40x) and digital camera. Also some fixed animals (ethanol 75%) were photographed.

  
Ciliatocardium ciliatum Crenella decussata Cryptonatica affinis Cuspidaria sp. Cylichna cf. arctica Cyrtodaria siliqua Dacrydium vitreum Dipolydora quadrilobata Eteone flava Ampharete cf. baltica
macrozoobenthos, communities of Svalbard shows: Acanthonotozoma serratum, Aceroides latipes, Ampharete cf. baltica, Amphitrite cirrata, Anonyx nugax, Apistobranchus tullbergi, Arrhis phyllonyx, Astarte borealis, Astarte sulcata, Axinopsida orbiculata, Boreonymphon sp., Brada villosa, Centromedon pumilus, Chaetoderma nitidilum, Chaetozone setosa, Chiridota laevis, Chone sp., Ciliatocardium ciliatum, Crassicorophium crassicorne, Crenella decussata, Cryptonatica affinis, Ctenodiscus crispatus, Cuspidaria sp., Cylichna cf. arctica, Cyrtodaria siliqua, Dacrydium vitreum, Dipolydora quadrilobata, Edwardsia fusca, Eteone flava, Eteone spetsbergensis, Euchone analis, Eurythenes gryllus, Frigidoalvania sp. , Glycera capitata, Holothurioidea indet., Hyperia galba, Hyperoche kroyeri, Ischnochiton albus, Ischyrocerus megalops, Lanassa nordenskioeldi, Lepidepecreum umbo, Liocyma fluctuosa, Lumbrineris sp., Macoma sp., Maldane sarsi, Maldanidae 1 indet. (with Ciliata indet.), Maldanidae 2 indet., Marenzelleria wireni, Margarites helicinus, Melphidippa macrura, Metopa sp., Monoculodes sp., Montacuta sp., Musculus discors, Mya pseudoarenaria, Oedicerotidae indet., Oenopota simplex, Oenopota sp., Onisimus edwardsi, Ophelia limacina, Ophelina sp., Ophiura albida, Orbinia sp., Paraniomorpha tamida, Paraonidae indet., Paroediceros lynceus, Pelonaia corrugata, Phyllodoce groenlandica, Polinices pallidus, Polynoinae indet., Praxillella praetermissa, Priapulus caudatus, Priscillina herrmanni, Protomedia sp., Pseudopallene spinipes, Scalibregma inflatum, Sclerocrangon boreas, Scoloplos armiger, Serripes groenlandicus, Sigalionidae indet., Sipunculida indet., Skenea sp., Skenea sp., Solariella obscura, Spio armata, Spio filicornis, Synidothea nodulosa, Themisto abyssorum, Themisto libellula, Thracia septentrionalis, Thyasira dunbari, Travisia forbesii, Trophon truncatus,