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Title: Lunar cycle of zooplankton biomass in subtropical waters: Biogeochemical implications
Authors: Hernández-León, Santiago 
Almeida, C. 
Yebra, L.
Arístegui, J. 
UNESCO Clasification: 251001 Oceanografía biológica
Keywords: Lunar Cycle
Zooplankton
Issue Date: 2002
Publisher: 0142-7873
Journal: Journal of Plankton Research 
Abstract: The relationship between zooplankton biomass and moon illumination has been studied north of the Canary Islands. Biomass was significantly greater during the second quarter of the moon’s cycle, and decreased dramatically after the full moon in all the size classes of mesozooplankton. The pattern was similar to that described in lakes and confirms the existence of this phenomenon in the sea. This lunar cycle in zooplankton could account for a rather large percentage of the gravitational flux and may help to explain the periodicity in the sinking flux observed in sediment traps in subtropical waters.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10553/47636
ISSN: 0142-7873
DOI: 10.1093/plankt/24.9.935
Source: Journal of Plankton Research [ISSN 0142-7873], v. 24, p. 935-939
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