The Littoral Pycnogonida of the Swansea Area of the United Kingdom

  • N. G. IMANDEH Marine, Environmental and Evolutionary Research Division, School of Biological Sciences, University of Wales, Swansea SA2 8PP, UK
  • P. E. KING Marine, Environmental and Evolutionary Research Division, School of Biological Sciences, University of Wales, Swansea SA2 8PP, UK
Keywords: Pycnogonida, Nymphon gracile, Achelia echinata, Swansea, United Kingdom.

Abstract



A survey was carried out at the Mumbles Pier Ares of Swansea in the United Kingdom to determine whether or not oil spills and other human activity in the region affected the distribution of Pycnogonids (Sea spiders) within the area. Results indicate that the oil spills have no effect on the presence or absence of these organisms. Questions are raised as to how the sea spiders are able to evade the negative effects of an oil spill.

Journal of Aquatic Sciences Volume 15, April 2000, pp. 63-65

KEY WORDS:

Pycnogonida, Nymphon gracile, Achelia echinata, Swansea, United Kingdom.
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