Strong Sensitivity of Red Sea Zooplankton to UV-B Radiation

A.M. Al-Aidaroos, M.M.O. El-Sherbiny, S. Satheesh, G. Mantha, S. Agustī, B. Carreja, Carlos Duarte

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© 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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)846-853
JournalEstuaries and Coasts
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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    Al-Aidaroos, A. M., El-Sherbiny, M. M. O., Satheesh, S., Mantha, G., Agustī, S., Carreja, B., & Duarte, C. (2015). Strong Sensitivity of Red Sea Zooplankton to UV-B Radiation. Estuaries and Coasts, 38(3), 846-853.