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Breaking down the barrier: dispersal across the Antarctic Polar Front

Fraser, Ceridwen; Kay, Geoffrey M.; Plessis, Marcel du; Ryan, Peter G.


Our view of the Antarctic Polar Front (APF) as a circum-polar biogeographic barrier is changing (Chown et al. 2015). The APF marks the convergent boundary between cold Antarctic water and warmer sub-Antarctic water, and has long been considered to prevent north-south dispersal in the Southern Ocean (reviewed by Clarke et al. 2005, Fraser et al. 2012). Our multi-year survey data provides evidence that rafting organisms readily cross the APF.

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2016
Type: Journal article
Source: Ecography
DOI: 10.1111/ecog.02449
Access Rights: Open Access


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