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Ocean Science Journal

, Volume 53, Issue 4, pp 699–706 | Cite as

Monthly Geographical Distribution of Nemopilema nomurai (Scyphozoa: Rhizosotomeae) in the Bohai and North Yellow Seas: a Preliminary Study using Ships of Opportunity

  • Wonduk YoonEmail author
  • Kiyeon Hahn
  • Jing Dong
  • Jinho Chae
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Abstract

Nemopilema nomurai, an endemic and blooming jellyfish species in the waters of Korea, China and Japan, were monitored from June to October, 2017, in the Bohai and northwestern Yellow Seas, using the ship sighting method, as a preliminary study to investigate the spatiotemporal distribution of medusae. Monitoring revealed that the mass appearance of young medusae was observed in Liaodong Bay in summer. In late summer they disappeared and a high density zone shifted to the mid- and northern Bohai Strait. In early fall, healthy adults with relatively high density were observed in the area around the border of the South and North Yellow Seas. These results suggest that medusae of N. nomurai originated from the Bohai Sea and were advected into the Yellow Sea through the Bohai Strait.

Keywords

Nemopilema nomurai distribution Bohai Sea Yellow Sea sighting method 

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© Korea Institute of Ocean Science & Technology (KIOST) and the Korean Society of Oceanography (KSO) and Springer Nature B.V. 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wonduk Yoon
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kiyeon Hahn
    • 2
  • Jing Dong
    • 3
  • Jinho Chae
    • 2
  1. 1.Human and Marine Ecosystem Research LaboratoryGunpoKorea
  2. 2.Marine Environmental Research and Information LaboratoryGunpoKorea
  3. 3.Liaoning Ocean and Fisheries Science Research Institute, Key Laboratory of Marine Biological Resources and EcologyLiaoning Province, DalianChina

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