Bioturbation as a mechanism for setting and maintaining levels of diversity in subtidal macrobenthic communities

@article{Widdicombe2004BioturbationAA,
  title={Bioturbation as a mechanism for setting and maintaining levels of diversity in subtidal macrobenthic communities},
  author={Steve Widdicombe and Melanie C. Austen and Michael A. Kendall and Richard M. Warwick and Malcolm B. Jones},
  journal={Hydrobiologia},
  year={2004},
  volume={440},
  pages={369-377}
}
Over 2 years, experiments were conducted to compare the effects of sediment disturbance by different bioturbating, macrofaunal organisms on the diversity and structure of the associated infaunal community. The four species investigated were the bivalves Nuculoma tenuis (Montagu, 1808) and Abra alba (Wood, 1802), the heart urchin Brissopsis lyrifera (Forbes, 1841), and the burrowing decapod Calocaris macandreae (Bell, 1846). These organisms were chosen to allow assessment of the effects of… CONTINUE READING

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