Mangrove crabs as ecosystem engineers; with emphasis on sediment processes

@inproceedings{Kristensen2008MangroveCA,
  title={Mangrove crabs as ecosystem engineers; with emphasis on sediment processes},
  author={Erik Breiner Kristensen},
  year={2008}
}
The benthic fauna in mangrove forests is usually dominated by burrowing sesarmid (Grapsidae) and fiddler crabs (Ocypodidae). They are herbivores that retain, bury, macerate and ingest litter and microalgal mats. Most species within these two groups actively dig and maintain burrows in the sediment as a refuge from predation and environmental extremes. Based on the current knowledge on the biology and ecology of these crabs, it seems obvious that their activities have considerable impact on… CONTINUE READING

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