Candeina nitida d'Orbigny, 1839

This species (Fig. 6) does not exceed 2 % relative abundance and contributes less than 0.5 % in most assemblages where it occurs. The closest relation exists with sea surface temperatures with a preference for warm environments with high seasonality. The species tolerates a wide range of salinities and occurs over a wide range of variation in vertical temperature gradients. The tendency to occur in areas of higher vertical temperature gradients in summer and in the upper range of temperatures at 200 m reflects its general preferences for warm sea surface temperatures. C. nitida is a tropical to warm subtropical species with a distinctly broader latitudinal range in the northern hemisphere compared to the southern hemisphere.

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Figure 6: Candeina nitida d'Orbigny, 1839. Plots of relative abundance vs. selected physical parameters and latitude. For preferences in numeric form see appendix.

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