Diversity, heterogeneity and consumer pressure in a tropical rocky intertidal community

@article{Menge1985DiversityHA,
  title={Diversity, heterogeneity and consumer pressure in a tropical rocky intertidal community},
  author={Bruce A Menge and Jane Lubchenco and Linda R. Ashkenas},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={1985},
  volume={65},
  pages={394-405}
}
Previous studies indicated that at Taboguilla Island (Gulf of Panama), persistence of many intertidal organisms depended on holes and crevices in the rock as refuges from both vertebrate (fishes) and invertebrate (crabs, gastropods, chitons) consumers. Here, we evaluate the influences of substratum heterogeneity and consumers on patterns of diversity of sessile organisms in this habitat. Local substratum topography is highly variable, ranging from smooth to irregular surfaces. Algal crusts… CONTINUE READING
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