Baikal and Antarctic Gammarid Amphipods (Crustacea): a key for understanding polar gigantism


The research is aimed at elucidating the physiological reasons of having big sized Amphipods especially in Antarctica and lake Baikal. It includes a database about the size of benthic gammarid Amphipods of the world, with a focus on 15 sites:the Barents Sea, the British Islands, Red Sea, Oceania, the Mediterranean Sea, the Black Sea, the Caspian Sea, Lake Baikal, Lake Titicaca, Madagascar, the Magellanic Region, the Subantarctic islands, South Georgia, West and East Antarctica. Side projects include a study of breeding (growth rate, reproduction and nutrition) by rearing in cold chamber of Baikal and Antarctic amphipods; a comparison of the Baikal and Titicaca endemic amphipods. Reference collection for Lake Baikal.


taxonomy, ecology, physiology, trofic levels, marine, zoology, benthos, ecology, oceanology, taxocoenoses, biocoenoses, gigantism, polar research, reproductive strategies, reproduction, breeding, feeding, growth rate, cold chamber, reference collection, size, lakes, Marine Biodiversity, Ecology, Physiology, Systematics and taxonomy, Marine and coastal habitats, Deep sea, Origins, Maintenance and Change of Biodiversity, Systematics, Inventorying and Classification, Oceanography, 2. Origins, Maintenance and Change of Biodiversity, 3. Systematics, Inventorying and Classification, 7. Marine Biodiversity, Antarctica, Southern Ocean, lake Baikal, Crustacea, Peracarida, Amphipoda, Metazoa, Invertebrates, Arthropoda


Name Role Start End
De Broyer, Claude co-promotor
Goddeeris, Boudewijn co-promotor


Name Role Start End
Recent invertebrates unknown
Freshwater biology unknown

created:2011-12-14 14:18:59 UTC, source:biodiv

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