Dense Populations of Benthopelagic Hydromedusae Found in Deep Water Off Anvers Island, Western Antarctic Peninsula
Deal, Michelle E.
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Scant data are available on the abundance and distribution of benthopelagic hydromedusae in Antarctic waters. A photographic survey of the sea floor off Anvers Island, western Antarctic Peninsula (WAP) was conducted during November–December 2013. Our survey encompassed the slope and shelf environment from approximately 400–2050 m depth within a 100 km by a 100 km study area. I describe the distribution and abundance of dense populations of hydromedusae in the deep water off the WAP. The data provide a record of two hydromedusae genera present in a largely unstudied region of the world.