Our organic-fall paper is out!

What animals colonise wood and whale bones on two seamounts in the Southwest Indian Ridge? Are the communities more similar between substrate types or seamounts? Are any of the animals new to science? Are the communities made up of organic-fall specialists or background opportunists? These are some of the questions that colleagues and I wanted to answer when we deployed these wood and bone packages for two years off South Africa. Findings are reported in the paper below. Amon, D.J., J.T. Copley, T.G. Dahlgren, T. Horton, K.M. Kemp, A.D. Rogers and A.G. Glover, 2015. Observations of fauna attending wood and bone deployments from two seamounts on the Southwest Indian Ridge. Deep-sea Research Part II: Topical studies in Oceanography doi:10.1016/j.dsr2.2015.07.003

Wood and bone packages on Coral Seamount. Photo credit: ROV Kiel 6000

Wood and bone packages on Coral Seamount. Photo credit: ROV Kiel 6000.

Wood and bone packages on Atlantis Bank. Photo credit: ROV Kiel 6000

Wood and bone packages on Atlantis Bank. Photo credit: ROV Kiel 6000.

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