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Effects of micro‑ and mesograzers on intertidal macroalgal recruitment


Bellgrove, A and Monk, J and Quinn, GP, Effects of micro‑ and mesograzers on intertidal macroalgal recruitment, Marine Biology, 161, (5) pp. 1207-1216. ISSN 0025-3162 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s00227-014-2411-0


This study examined the effects of a guild of micrograzing harpacticoid copepods (dominated by two species of Paradactylopodia sp. nov. and one species of Scutellidium sp. nov.) and a mesograzing periwinkle, Afrolittorina praetermissa, on the early recruitment of intertidal macroalgae on a wave-exposed, rocky shore. This is the first study, to our knowledge, to examine the effects of micrograzers (<500 μm) on intertidal macroalgal recruitment. Data showed that microscopic harpacticoid copepods altered the assemblages and reduced the densities of several macroalgal taxa, while A. praetermissa changed the assemblages and reduced both the density and number of macroalgal taxa. Recruitment of encrusting coralline algae was actually higher in copepod inclusions than exclusions, suggesting that copepods may be beneficial to the recruitment of this algal group. These results contribute to the understanding of grazing as a factor causing high mortality of algal recruits, but also highlight the need for more studies that examine the effects of micro- and mesograzers on the distribution and abundance of macroalgae.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:meso grazer, micro grazer, macroalgal recuitment
Research Division:Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries Sciences
Research Field:Aquatic Ecosystem Studies and Stock Assessment
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Objective Field:Coastal and Estuarine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
UTAS Author:Monk, J (Dr Jacquomo Monk)
ID Code:99552
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:IMAS Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2015-03-27
Last Modified:2017-11-04

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