Is the meiofauna a good indicator for climate change and anthropogenic impacts?

Type Article
Date 2015-09
Language English
Author(s) Zeppilli DanielaORCID1, 10, Sarrazin JozeeORCID1, Leduc Daniel2, Arbizu Pedro Martinez3, Fontaneto Diego4, Fontanier Christophe5, Gooday Andrew J.6, Kristensen Reinhardt Mobjerg7, Ivanenko Viatcheslav N.8, Sorensen Martin V.7, Vanreusel Ann9, Thebault Julien10, Mea Marianna11, Allio Noemie10, Andro Thomas10, Arvigo Alexandre10, Castrec Justine10, Danielo Morgan10, Foulon Valentin10, Fumeron Raphaelle10, Hermabessiere Ludovic10, Hulot Vivien10, James Tristan10, Langonne-Augen Roxanne10, Le Bot Tangi10, Long Marc10, Mahabror Dendy10, Morel Quentin10, Pantalos Michael10, Pouplard Etienne10, Raimondeau Laura10, Rio-Cabello Antoine10, Seite Sarah10, Traisnel Gwendoline10, Urvoy Kevin10, Van Der Stegen Thomas10, Weyand Mariam10, Fernandes David12
Affiliation(s) 1 : IFREMER, Ctr Brest, REM EEP LEP, Inst Carnot Ifremer EDROME, F-29280 Plouzane, France.
2 : Natl Inst Water & Atmospher Res, Wellington 6021, New Zealand.
3 : DZMB, Senckenberg Meer, Wilhelmshaven, Germany.
4 : CNR, Inst Ecosyst Study, I-28922 Verbania, Italy.
5 : IFREMER, Ctr Brest, REM GM LES, Inst Carnot Ifremer EDROME, F-29280 Plouzane, France.
6 : Univ Southampton, Natl Oceanog Ctr, Southampton S014 3ZH, Hants, England.
7 : Univ Copenhagen, Nat Hist Museum Denmark, DK-2100 Copenhagen O, Denmark.
8 : Moscow MV Lomonosov State Univ, Dept Invertebrate Zool, Moscow, Russia.
9 : Univ Ghent, Marine Biol Sect, Dept Biol, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium.
10 : Univ Brest, Inst Univ Europeen Mer, Lab Sci Environm Marin CNRS IRD UBO UMR6539, F-29280 Plouzane, France.
11 : SEAMap Srl, I-17052 Savona, Italy.
12 : IFREMER, Ctr Brest, BLP, Inst Carnot Ifremer EDROME, F-29280 Plouzane, France.
Source Marine Biodiversity (1867-1616) (Springer Heidelberg), 2015-09 , Vol. 45 , N. 3 , P. 505-535
DOI 10.1007/s12526-015-0359-z
WOS© Times Cited 188
Keyword(s) Meiofauna, Climate change, Anthropogenic impacts, Biomonitoring, Natural observations and experimental studies
Abstract Our planet is changing, and one of the most pressing challenges facing the scientific community revolves around understanding how ecological communities respond to global changes. From coastal to deep-sea ecosystems, ecologists are exploring new areas of research to find model organisms that help predict the future of life on our planet. Among the different categories of organisms, meiofauna offer several advantages for the study of marine benthic ecosystems. This paper reviews the advances in the study of meiofauna with regard to climate change and anthropogenic impacts. Four taxonomic groups are valuable for predicting global changes: foraminifers (especially calcareous forms), nematodes, copepods and ostracods. Environmental variables are fundamental in the interpretation of meiofaunal patterns and multistressor experiments are more informative than single stressor ones, revealing complex ecological and biological interactions. Global change has a general negative effect on meiofauna, with important consequences on benthic food webs. However, some meiofaunal species can be favoured by the extreme conditions induced by global change, as they can exhibit remarkable physiological adaptations. This review highlights the need to incorporate studies on taxonomy, genetics and function of meiofaunal taxa into global change impact research.
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Zeppilli Daniela, Sarrazin Jozee, Leduc Daniel, Arbizu Pedro Martinez, Fontaneto Diego, Fontanier Christophe, Gooday Andrew J., Kristensen Reinhardt Mobjerg, Ivanenko Viatcheslav N., Sorensen Martin V., Vanreusel Ann, Thebault Julien, Mea Marianna, Allio Noemie, Andro Thomas, Arvigo Alexandre, Castrec Justine, Danielo Morgan, Foulon Valentin, Fumeron Raphaelle, Hermabessiere Ludovic, Hulot Vivien, James Tristan, Langonne-Augen Roxanne, Le Bot Tangi, Long Marc, Mahabror Dendy, Morel Quentin, Pantalos Michael, Pouplard Etienne, Raimondeau Laura, Rio-Cabello Antoine, Seite Sarah, Traisnel Gwendoline, Urvoy Kevin, Van Der Stegen Thomas, Weyand Mariam, Fernandes David (2015). Is the meiofauna a good indicator for climate change and anthropogenic impacts? Marine Biodiversity, 45(3), 505-535. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :