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A comparative vulnerability analysis of 16 selected benthic habitat types in the SE Baltic Sea waters and the Curonian lagoon, including Klaipeda strait, was performed using long-term monitoring datasets (1980–2003) and results of several other surveys in the lagoon and the sea. Results indicated that invasive species richness (number of alien species per(More)
Water temperature, organic matter quality and quantity and macrofauna activity generally regulate the seasonal evolution of benthic oxygen uptake in coastal areas. We hypothesize that highly productive lagoons can represent an exception in this respect, due to alternating sequences of phytoplankton bloom, dystrophy and collapse events, coupled with water(More)
Zebra mussel filtration rates and regulating factors have been addressed earlier in a number of studies. Still, only a few of them have taken into consideration the refiltration phenomenon, and therefore the direct extrapolation of experimental results may only give the potential filtering capacity, and hence, over- or underestimate the actual amount of(More)
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