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Author(s):A. Al-Aidaroos, M. El-Sherbiny, S. Satheesh, G. Mantha, S. Agustī, B. Carreja, C. Duarte
Title:Strong Sensitivity of Red Sea Zooplankton to UV-B Radiation
Journal:Estuaries and Coasts
JCR Impact Factor:2.659
Issue No.:3
Abstract:© 2014, Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation.The impacts of UV-B radiation to Red Sea coastal zooplankton was assessed experimentally at the time (May/June) of peak UV-B radiation, using the most abundant zooplankton species in the community (eight copepod genera, a cladoceran, an ostracod, a cumacean, and two meroplankton, including crab zoeae and megalopa). Mortality rates increased greatly in the presence of ambient UV-B radiation for all species tested except for Labidocera, Macrosetella, and the crab megalopa larvae. Mortality rates declined, on average, threefold when UV-B radiation was removed. These results provide evidence that Red Sea zooplankton are highly vulnerable to ambient levels of UV-B radiation.

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