Scientists remain uncertain about numerous aspects of hydrothermal vent (HV) ecology, including the reproductive biology of their biota, as well as their recruitment and dispersal during larval stages (meroplankton) in the plankton above the HV sites. We studied the meroplankton from a shallow HV site off the northeastern coast of Taiwan, in the northwest Pacific Ocean. Our findings potentially explain how fauna endemic to HVs persist at specific HV sites. With the exception of some damaged Cnidaria and Ctenophora, the plankton net catches were in good condition and sufficient for identification.
Dahms, Hans-Uwe; Tseng, Li-Chun; and Hwang, Jiang-Shiou
"MARINE INVERTEBRATE LARVAL DISTRIBUTION AT THE HYDROTHERMAL VENT SITE OF GUEISHANDAO,"
Journal of Marine Science and Technology: Vol. 22:
1, Article 8.
Available at: https://jmstt.ntou.edu.tw/journal/vol22/iss1/8