Biogeography of key mesozooplankton species in the North Atlantic and egg production of Calanus finmarchicus

Melle, W. and Runge, J. A. and Head, E. and Plourde, S. and Castellani, C. and Licandro, P. and Pierson, J. and Jónasdóttir, S. H. and Johnson, C. and Broms, C. and Debes, H. and Falkenhaug, T. and Gaard, E. and Gislason, A. and Heath, M. R. and Niehoff, B. and Nielsen, T. G. and Pepin, P. and Stenevik, E. K. and Chust, G. (2015) Biogeography of key mesozooplankton species in the North Atlantic and egg production of Calanus finmarchicus. Earth System Science Data, 7 (2). pp. 223-230. ISSN 1866-3516 (

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Here we present a new, pan-North-Atlantic compilation of data on key mesozooplankton species, including the most important copepod, Calanus finmarchicus. Distributional data of eight representative zooplankton taxa, from recent (2000–2009) Continuous Plankton Recorder data, are presented, along with basin-scale data of the phytoplankton colour index. Then we present a compilation of data on C. finmarchicus, including observations of abundance, demography, egg production and female size, with accompanying data on temperature and chlorophyll. This is a contribution by Canadian, European and US scientists and their institutions:,, (please also see Melle et al., 2013; Castellani and Licandro, 2013; Jónasdóttir et al., 2014).


Melle, W., Runge, J. A., Head, E., Plourde, S., Castellani, C., Licandro, P., Pierson, J., Jónasdóttir, S. H., Johnson, C., Broms, C., Debes, H., Falkenhaug, T., Gaard, E., Gislason, A., Heath, M. R. ORCID logoORCID:, Niehoff, B., Nielsen, T. G., Pepin, P., Stenevik, E. K. and Chust, G.;