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Volume 12, issue 18
Biogeosciences, 12, 5455–5479, 2015
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Biogeosciences, 12, 5455–5479, 2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 21 Sep 2015

Research article | 21 Sep 2015

Comparative study of vent and seep macrofaunal communities in the Guaymas Basin

M. Portail et al.
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The absence of biogeographic barrier between seep and vent ecosystems in the Guaymas Basin offers the opportunity to assess the role of environmental conditions in the distribution of macrofaunal communities. Our results showed that community structure was primarily shaped by common abiotic factors. In addition, a high number of common species were shared, suggesting frequent connections between the two ecosystems. Overall, this study supports the hypothesis of a continuum among vents and seeps.
The absence of biogeographic barrier between seep and vent ecosystems in the Guaymas Basin...