Category Archives: Taxonomy

Gulf zooplankton recovery and the Deepwater Horizon spill

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill was a catastrophic man-made disaster that directly impacted oceanic aquatic ecology on land and sea. Even though the event took place in April 2010, it has continued to create a ripple effect across the Gulf of Mexico, particularly with water bodies, oceanic wildlife and communities along the Gulf coastline. To … Continue reading Gulf zooplankton recovery and the Deepwater Horizon spill

Zooplankton are eating plastic, creating possible problems for ocean life

Zooplankton might be some of the smallest creatures in the sea, but they are crucially important to oceanic aquatic ecology. In their tiny, hidden world under the water, they perform some of the most vital functions in the food chain. Not only does this impact the natural ebb and flow of the oceans, but it … Continue reading Zooplankton are eating plastic, creating possible problems for ocean life

A new species of harpacticoid copepod discovered from the eastern Mediterranean Sea

Harpacticoida is an order of mainly benthic copepods, comprised of about 6,000 species and found throughout the world in the marine environment and in fresh water. In marine sediments, they are usually the second most abundant meiofaunal taxon after nematodes but tend to become the dominant taxon in coarse-grained sediments and on marine algae. Benthic … Continue reading A new species of harpacticoid copepod discovered from the eastern Mediterranean Sea

A new species of tanaidacean crustacean discovered from French Guiana estuaries

Tanaidaceans are a poorly known group of small (averaging 2–5 mm in length) peracarid crustaceans. Most of the 1000+ species live at depths exceeding 200 m, and, in some deepwater environments, Tanaidacea are the most diverse and abundant members of the fauna present. In shallow water, populations can reach high densities, often exceeding 10,000 individuals/m2. … Continue reading A new species of tanaidacean crustacean discovered from French Guiana estuaries