OCEANUS SEMINAR SERIES
Oceanus Seminar Series | Joana Campos | 26 October | 12h
Ecogeography of estuarine crustaceans in Europe: Latitudinal trends.
Joana Campos (CIIMAR)
A short list of species accounts for most of the estuarine biomass. In Europe, this list includes only two decapod crustaceans, the brown shrimp Crangon crangon and the shore crab Carcinus maenas, which occur along the entire Atlantic coast over about 34º in latitude. On one hand, latitude is frequently used as a surrogate for temperature as in fact temperature patterns decrease northwards. On the other hand, temperature affects all biological processes from metabolism to population dynamics. Can we find clines in the life history along a latitudinal gradient? Latitudinal trends in the biology of estuarine crustaceans will be presented and discussed.