Larval settlement rate: A leading determinant of structure in an ecological community of the marine intertidal zone.

@article{Gaines1985LarvalSR,
  title={Larval settlement rate: A leading determinant of structure in an ecological community of the marine intertidal zone.},
  author={Stephen D. Gaines and Jonathan Roughgarden},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={1985},
  volume={82 11},
  pages={3707-11}
}
Field studies demonstrate that the population structure of the barnacle Balanus glandula differs between locations of high and low larval settlement rate. These observations, together with results from a model for the demography of an open, space-limited population, suggest that the settlement rate may be a more important determinant of rocky intertidal community structure than is presently realized. Locations with a low larval settlement rate exhibit a generally low abundance of barnacles that… CONTINUE READING
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