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Spatial Variation in Faunal Composition of Hydrothermal Vent Communities on the East Pacific Rise and Galapagos Spreading Center

  • Cindy Lee Van Dover
  • Robert R. Hessler

Abstract

Comparisons of distributions of megafaunal species at hydrothermal vents on the East Pacfic Rise and Galapagos Spreading Center can be made at three levels: (1) within a vent field, (2) among vent fields within a cluster on a ridge segment, and (3) among ridge segments. Across 40° of latitude, megafaunal compositions of vent communities are remarkably consistent at the familial level. Along any given ridge segment, there appears to be a shared pool of species from which any vent field draws its fauna.

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Hydrothermal Vent Spreading Center Faunal Composition East Pacific Rise Tube Worm 
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  • Cindy Lee Van Dover
  • Robert R. Hessler

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