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Factors influencing the spatial variation in fish and macrocrustacean communities in the surf zone of sandy beaches in Belgium
Beyst, B.; Hostens, K.; Mees, J. (2002). Factors influencing the spatial variation in fish and macrocrustacean communities in the surf zone of sandy beaches in Belgium. J. Mar. Biol. Ass. U.K. 82(2): 181-187. https://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0025315402005337
In: Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. Cambridge University Press/Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom: Cambridge. ISSN 0025-3154; e-ISSN 1469-7769, more
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Keywords
    Aquatic communities
    Fauna > Aquatic organisms > Aquatic animals > Fish
    Spatial variations
    Topographic features > Beach features > Surf zone
    Topographic features > Landforms > Coastal landforms > Beaches
    ANE, Belgium [Marine Regions]; ANE, North Sea [Marine Regions]
    Marine/Coastal

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Abstract
    An inventory of fish and epibenthic macrocrustaceans of the surf zones of sandy beaches along the Belgian coast was constructed. The surf zones were sampled intensively with a 2-m beam trawl in April- May 1996 (12 stations) and 26 species were recorded belonging to caridean shrimps (4), brachyuran crabs (5), cephalopods (1) and fish (16). The brown shrimp Crangon crangon dominated almost all samples (>80%). Total densities exceeded several times 250 ind 100 m-2 and 10 ind 100 m-2 if C. crangon was excluded. An east-west distinction as found in other (epi)benthic studies in deeper waters of the Belgian coast, was not found in the surf zone during this study. Spatial variation was mainly correlated with local characteristics such as turbidity of the water and the morphodynamic features of both the beach and the adjacent subtidal area.

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