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Article: Littorina mariae - a factor structuring low shore communities?

TitleLittorina mariae - a factor structuring low shore communities?
Authors
KeywordsCommunity Structure
Epiphytes
Fucus Serratus
Herbivory
Issue Date1990
PublisherSpringer Verlag Dordrecht. The Journal's web site is located at http://springerlink.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=journal&issn=0018-8158
Citation
Hydrobiologia, 1990, v. 193 n. 1, p. 139-146 How to Cite?
AbstractThe role of littorinids in structuring communities is discussed. On hard substrates preferential grazing of the dominant algae often enables competitively inferior species to utilize the rock substrate. Investigations of these systems has led to the proposal of a number of factors that should be analyzed in order to assess the effect of herbivores on community structure. Some of these factors have been investigated for Littorina mariae Sacchi & Rastelli. L. mariae is a micro-epiphytic grazer browsing the surface covering of epiphytes off the alga Fucus serratus (L.). The relationship between the host alga, F. serratus, and L. mariae is far more intricate than that between winkles and hard substrates as the alga itself is a dynamic resource. L. mariae is spatially and temporally linked to F. serratus. L. mariae is found almost exclusively on the alga and is positively attracted by extracts of the alga. The life history of the winkle is closely synchronized with that of the alga (the winter decrease of L. mariae populations is associated with the seasonal die-back of the host alga). On analysis of the factors considered important to assess herbivory, and examples of the effects of other epiphytic herbivores on algal success, it is suggested that L. mariae could potentially play an important role in structuring the community of it's host fucoid and that this may influence larger scale community structure. Experimental manipulations are proposed to evaluate these hypotheses. © 1990 Kluwer Academic Publishers.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/178388
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dc.contributor.authorWilliams, GAen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-12-19T09:47:24Z-
dc.date.available2012-12-19T09:47:24Z-
dc.date.issued1990en_US
dc.identifier.citationHydrobiologia, 1990, v. 193 n. 1, p. 139-146en_US
dc.identifier.issn0018-8158en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/178388-
dc.description.abstractThe role of littorinids in structuring communities is discussed. On hard substrates preferential grazing of the dominant algae often enables competitively inferior species to utilize the rock substrate. Investigations of these systems has led to the proposal of a number of factors that should be analyzed in order to assess the effect of herbivores on community structure. Some of these factors have been investigated for Littorina mariae Sacchi & Rastelli. L. mariae is a micro-epiphytic grazer browsing the surface covering of epiphytes off the alga Fucus serratus (L.). The relationship between the host alga, F. serratus, and L. mariae is far more intricate than that between winkles and hard substrates as the alga itself is a dynamic resource. L. mariae is spatially and temporally linked to F. serratus. L. mariae is found almost exclusively on the alga and is positively attracted by extracts of the alga. The life history of the winkle is closely synchronized with that of the alga (the winter decrease of L. mariae populations is associated with the seasonal die-back of the host alga). On analysis of the factors considered important to assess herbivory, and examples of the effects of other epiphytic herbivores on algal success, it is suggested that L. mariae could potentially play an important role in structuring the community of it's host fucoid and that this may influence larger scale community structure. Experimental manipulations are proposed to evaluate these hypotheses. © 1990 Kluwer Academic Publishers.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherSpringer Verlag Dordrecht. The Journal's web site is located at http://springerlink.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=journal&issn=0018-8158en_US
dc.relation.ispartofHydrobiologiaen_US
dc.subjectCommunity Structureen_US
dc.subjectEpiphytesen_US
dc.subjectFucus Serratusen_US
dc.subjectHerbivoryen_US
dc.titleLittorina mariae - a factor structuring low shore communities?en_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailWilliams, GA: hrsbwga@hkucc.hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityWilliams, GA=rp00804en_US
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dc.identifier.doi10.1007/BF00028072en_US
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-0007451448en_US
dc.identifier.volume193en_US
dc.identifier.issue1en_US
dc.identifier.spage139en_US
dc.identifier.epage146en_US
dc.identifier.isiWOS:A1990DA93300012-
dc.publisher.placeNetherlandsen_US
dc.identifier.scopusauthoridWilliams, GA=7406082821en_US

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