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Table 2 Species richness along the coastlines of Belgium (southern North Sea) and the island of Sylt (eastern North Sea)

From: Microscopic species make the diversity: a checklist of marine flora and fauna around the Island of Sylt in the North Sea

  Sylt Belgium
Protozoa 68 na
Chromista 772 na
Plantae 143 131
Animalia, total 1772 2056
Macrofauna, predominantly sessile 23 217
 Porifera 3 34
 Cirripedia 6 27
 Bryozoa 14 156
Macrofauna, predominantly mobile 678 886
 Polychaetaa 152 152
 Mollusca 104 129
 Pisces 78 127
 Aves 88 75
 Amphipoda 88 71
 Decapoda 26 72
 Cnidaria 47 55
 Isopoda 8 33
 Echinodermata 12 27
 Cumacea 17 13
 Mysida 12 18
 Tunicata 10 11
 Nemerteaa 8 12
 other macrofaunal taxa 28 93
Meiofauna 1071 953
 Nematoda 322 473
 Platyhelminthesb 337 161
 Copepoda 146 194
 Ostracoda 22 56
 Gastrotricha 60 36
 Xenacoelomorpha 65 0
 Oligochaetab 46 11
 Rotifera 30 20
 Acari 28 0
 Gnathostomulida 10 0
 Kinorhyncha 2 2
 Tardigrada 3 0
  1. na no data available
  2. aIncludes a few meiofaunal species
  3. bIncludes a few macrofaunal species