Journal Article

Demersal assemblages and depth distribution of elasmobranchs from the continental shelf and slope off the Balearic Islands (western Mediterranean)

Enric Massutí and Joan Moranta

in ICES Journal of Marine Science

Published on behalf of ICES/CIEM

Volume 60, issue 4, pages 753-766
Published in print January 2003 | ISSN: 1054-3139
Published online January 2003 | e-ISSN: 1095-9289 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1054-3139(03)00089-4
Demersal assemblages and depth distribution of elasmobranchs from the continental shelf and slope off the Balearic Islands (western Mediterranean)

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The analysis of 131 hauls from four bottom trawl fishing surveys carried out between depths of 46 and 1713 m in two different areas off the Balearic Islands yielded a total of 23 elasmobranch species belonging to eight families. Cluster analysis and multidimensional scaling (MDS) ordination were applied to detect zonation patterns and some ecological parameters (e.g. species richness, abundance and biomass, mean weight, diversity and evenness) were calculated for each assemblage. For each area, analysis of similitude (ANOSIM) and similarity percentage analysis (SIMPER) were also applied to detect differences between seasons and depths. For the most important species (Galeus melastomus, Scyliorhinus canicula, Centroscymnus coelolepis, Etmopterus spinax, Squalus blainvillei, Raja naevus, Raja asterias, Raja clavata, Raja miraletus and Raja oxyrhinchus), abundance and size distributions were analysed by depth.

Keywords: Balearic Islands; bathymetric distribution; community structure; demersal elasmobranchs; length frequency; trawl surveys; western Mediterranean

Journal Article.  6215 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Environmental Science ; Marine and Estuarine Biology

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