Milica Djokic


Diversity of Vesteris seamount bryozoans.

MSc Student
Advisor: Thomas Schwaha

Unit for Integrative Zoology, Department of Evolutionary Biology
University of Vienna


Vesteris seamount or Vesteris Bank is situated in the centre of Greenland Sea, neighbouring Iceland and Norway. This extinct volcano provides a home for many benthic species, as well as bryozoans. While several works about the Arctic bryozoans were done, only a single report briefly described communities of the Vesteris. For the first time we were able to investigate the vertical transect of Vesteris from 13 different localities with different depths to evaluate the bryozoan diversity. In this study we showed that way more bryozoan species inhabit Vesteris than previously recorded and we evaluated their distribution.