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The response of two estuarine benthic communities to the quantity and quality of food
Kendall, M.A.; Davey, J.T.; Widdicombe, S. (1995). The response of two estuarine benthic communities to the quantity and quality of food. Hydrobiologia 311(1-3): 207-214. https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF00008581
In: Hydrobiologia. Springer: The Hague. ISSN 0018-8158; e-ISSN 1573-5117, more
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Kendall, M.A.; Davey, J.T.; Widdicombe, S. (1995). The response of two estuarine benthic communities to the quantity and quality of food, in: Heip, C.H.R. et al. Major biological processes in European tidal estuaries. Developments in Hydrobiology, 110: pp. 207-214, more
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Keywords
    Aquatic communities
    Aquatic communities > Benthos > Zoobenthos
    Aquatic organisms > Food organisms
    Availability > Food availability
    Behaviour > Feeding behaviour
    Comparative studies
    Cycles > Chemical cycles > Geochemical cycle > Biogeochemical cycle > Nutrient cycles > Carbon cycle
    Population dynamics
    Trophic relationships
    Water bodies > Coastal waters > Coastal landforms > Coastal inlets > Estuaries
    ANE, France, Gironde Estuary [Marine Regions]; ANE, Netherlands, Westerschelde [Marine Regions]
    Marine/Coastal; Brackish water

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  • Kendall, M.A., more
  • Davey, J.T.
  • Widdicombe, S., more

Abstract
    Experimental manipulations of food supply were performed on soft sediment cores from two European estuaries, the Westerscheldt and the Gironde, with a view to determining benthic macrofaunal community response. Over a period of twenty weeks in a laboratory mesocosm system, both communities showed losses in terms of numbers of individuals and small, but non-significant, losses in terms of numbers of species. Whereas no effect of the different types of foods or the dose levels at which they were supplied was detected for the Westerscheldt benthic community, that of the Gironde showed some significant response. This was largely attributed to the differential mortality of spionid polychaetes across the dose levels used, with the highest dose, equivalent to 200 g C m–2 yr–1, only just maintaining their initial population densities. The results are discussed in terms of the importance of lateral advection of food particles at the benthic boundary layer and the general insufficiency of many estimates of carbon input to shallow benthic systems.

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