Probing the mud

In June, Astrid Eggemoen Bang delivered her Masters thesis entitled ‘ The biodiversity of mud dragons (Kinorhyncha) in the fjords of Møre og Romsdal, Norway’ supervised by Lutz and Torsten and Jose. She assessed the biodiversity of Kinorhyncha in five selected fjords on the Norwegian Northwest coast in Møre og Romsdal county; Ålvundfjord, Sunndalsøra, Øksendal, Eidsvåg and Eresfjord. She observed a significant differentiation of the fjords in terms of abundance and species diversity. Different kinorhynch species prefer different microenvironments (depths). She also found that high boat traffic and affiliated port activity, as taking place in Sunndalsøra, reduces the diversity and abundance of kinorhynch communities.

Overview map of the sampled fjords Eidsvåg, Eresfjorden, Øksendal, Sunndalsøra and Ålvundfjord in the Møre og Romsdal county, Norway, in 2019

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