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Autumn and Winter Occurrence of Decapod Crustaceans in Chesapeake Bight, U.S.a

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Autumn and winter collections of decapod crustaceans in Chesapeake Bight suggest that the region may be divided into three zoogeographical zones: The Gulf Stream with its attendant tropical and southern fauna; the environmentally stable outer continental shelf and upper slope where C. irroratus, H. americanus, and M. iris are abundant; and the seasonally variable inner shelf which may support tropical or boreal species at certain seasons, but where the fauna is dominated by Virginian species such as C. irroratus and 0. ocellatus.

Affiliations: 1: Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point, Virginia, 23062, U.S.A.


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