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The ecological importance of an invertebrate chemoautotrophic symbiosis to phanerogam seagrass beds

@inproceedings{Johnson2002TheEI,
  title={The ecological importance of an invertebrate chemoautotrophic symbiosis to phanerogam seagrass beds},
  author={Mark Adrian Johnson and Catherine Fernandez and G{\'e}rard Pergent},
  year={2002}
}
The symbiotic chemoautotrophic bivalve Loripes lacteus was found to inhabit Cymodocea nodosa seagrass beds in a lagoon in Upper Corsica. Clams were observed at a mean density of 775 ind m −2 . Mean clam wet weight for the site was 0.099 mg and the gill, organ in which are found the sulfur-oxidizing endosymbiotic bacteria, accounted for 32.5% of total body weight. Total wet tissue weight due to these animals in this sediment was therefore in the order of 77 g m −2 . The percentage of carbon is… CONTINUE READING

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