B.R. Lee1,3, W. Park1*,
H.K. Kang2, H.W. Lee3,
and J.H. Choi3 ?
Marine Biology, Pukyong National University, Busan-48513, Korea
2Korea Institute of
Ocean Science and Technology, Busan-49111, Korea
of Fisheries Science Fisheries Resources Research Center,
Tongyeong- 53064, Korea
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Aim: To investigate the
distribution pattern and species composition of zooplankton in relation to
different water bodies.
communities were investigated at 11 stations in the East Sea, three stations
in the East China Sea and four stations in Philippine Sea. Sea surface
temperature and salinity were simultaneously measured during the sampling.
Results: The mean sea
surface temperature was highest in the Philippine Sea and lowest in the East
Sea. Total 198 species of seven zooplankton phyla were identified. In the
East Sea, copepods were most dominant (52%), followed by amphipods (23%). In
the East China Sea, copepods comprised 86% of all zooplankton species with 5%
mollusks. In the Philippine Sea, copepods accounted for 79% of all
zooplankton species. Zooplankton densities were higher in the East China Sea
than other seas, followed by the East Sea and the Philippine Sea. The species
number of zooplankton was higher in the Philippine Sea than other seas. Warm
water species was dominated in the Philippine Sea, followed by the East China
Sea. Relative proportion of cold water species were higher in the East Sea
than other seas.
communities were indicated by oceanographic characteristics of water bodies.
Key words: East Sea, Oceanic currents, Philippine Sea, Zooplankton