Facilitation of molluscan assemblages in mangroves by the fucalean alga Hormosira banksii

  title={Facilitation of molluscan assemblages in mangroves by the fucalean alga Hormosira banksii},
  author={Melanie Jane Bishop and Tara A. Morgan and Melinda A Coleman and Brendan P Kelaher and Lyndle K. Hardstaff and Robert W. Evenden},
The fucalean macroalga Hormosira banksii facilitates diverse rocky intertidal communities. Along the east coast of Australia, the alga can also persist in mangroves as a free-living form trapped amongst pneumatophores. We investigated (1) whether the alga has an effect on molluscan species richness and abundance in mangroves similar to that on rocky shores, and (2) whether, in mangroves, the source (phenotypically distinct estuarine or rocky shore populations) of H. banksii influences the… CONTINUE READING

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