Stevenson, Duane E. and Orr, James W. and Hoff, Gerald R. and McEachran, John D. (2008) Emerging patterns of species richness, diversity, population density, and distribution in the skates (Rajidae) of Alaska. Fishery Bulletin, 106(1), pp. 24-39.
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Six years of bottom-trawl survey data, including over 6000 trawls covering over 200 km2 of bottom area throughout Alaska’s subarctic marine waters, were analyzed for patterns in species richness, diversity, density, and distribution of skates. The Bering Sea continental shelf and slope, Aleutian Islands, and Gulf of Alaska regions were stratified by geographic subregion and depth. Species richness and relative density of skates increased with depth to the shelf break in all regions. The Bering Sea shelf was dominated by the Alaska skate (Bathyraja parmifera), but species richness and diversity were low. On the Bering Sea slope, richness and diversity were higher in the shallow stratum, and relative density appeared higher in subregions dominated by canyons. In the Aleutian Islands and Gulf of Alaska, species richness and relative density were generally highest in the deepest depth strata. The data and distribution maps presented here are based on species-level data collected throughout the marine waters of Alaska, and this article represents the most comprehensive summary of the skate fauna of the region published to date.
|Title:||Emerging patterns of species richness, diversity, population density, and distribution in the skates (Rajidae) of Alaska|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Fishery Bulletin|
|Page Range:||pp. 24-39|
|Issuing Agency:||United States National Marine Fisheries Service|
|Depositing User:||Patti M. Marraro|
|Date Deposited:||14 Jun 2012 19:13|
|Last Modified:||14 Jun 2012 19:13|
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