Gradients of intertidal primary productivity around the coast of South Africa and their relationships with consumer biomass

@article{Bustamante1995GradientsOI,
  title={Gradients of intertidal primary productivity around the coast of South Africa and their relationships with consumer biomass},
  author={Rodrigo H. Bustamante and George M. Branch and S. Eekhout and Bruce Robertson and Peter Zoutendyk and M. H. Schleyer and Arthur Dye and N. Hanekom and Derek Keats and Michelle Jurd and C. D. Mcquaid},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={1995},
  volume={102},
  pages={189-201}
}
The structure of rocky intertidal communities may be influenced by large-scale patterns of productivity. In this study we examine the in situ rates of production by intertidal epilithic microalgae (chlorophyll a production per unit area per month), intertidal nutrient concentrations (nitrates, nitrites, phosphates and silicates), and standing stocks of different functional-form groups of macroalgae around the South African coast, and their relationships to consumer biomass. Clear gradients of… CONTINUE READING

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