Zooplankton distribution in the coastal upwelling system along the Banc d’Arguin, Mauritania

  • B. R. Kuipers
  • H. J. Witte
  • S. R. Gonzalez
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Part of the Developments in Hydrobiology 86 book series (DIHY, volume 86)


In the framework of the Dutch Mauritania Expedition 1988, Zooplankton was sampled in the beginning of the spring upwelling season at 44 stations along the Banc d’Arguin, Mauritania. Distribution patterns of oceanic and neritic copepod species and especially of the upwelling indicator Calanoides carinatus (Kröyer) were analysed in search for direct proof of circulation of ocean upwelling water over the inshore banks. The vertical temperature distribution at the stations pointed to upwelling in two different parts of the shelf area. According to the copepod data the two upwellings were of a different nature. A restricted area at the shelf edge near Cap Timiris appeared to represent a relatively stable coastal upwelling situation. Upwelled water present near Cap Blanc was found to have traveled quite recently over a considerable part of the shelf. In the central area between the two upwellings, ‘Banc-water’ extended from the shelf into the ocean. The possible impact of the observed circulation of ocean water on productivity of the shelf benthic system is discussed.

Key words

zooplankton copepods upwelling Mauritania 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. R. Kuipers
    • 1
  • H. J. Witte
    • 1
  • S. R. Gonzalez
    • 1
  1. 1.Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ)TexelThe Netherlands

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