Small scale spatial distribution of oysters (Crassostrea virginica) on oyster reefs.

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dc.contributor.authorPowell, E.N.en_US
dc.contributor.authorWhite, M.E.en_US
dc.contributor.authorWilson, E.A.en_US
dc.contributor.authorRay, S.M.en_US
dc.contributor.otherBulletin of Marine Scienceen_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-02-15T16:56:03Z
dc.date.available2010-02-15T16:56:03Z
dc.date.issued1987en_US
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dc.descriptionp. 835-855.en_US
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dc.description.abstractThe small-scale spatial distribution of oysters was examined on 11 reefs in the Copano Bay - Aransas Bay area of the Texas coast. Small oysters (<= 2cm) were contagiously distributed (s^2/x > 1) and positively spatially autocorrelated; that is, small oysters were patchily distributed. Patch size ranged up to about 40 cm. Large oysters (> 5 cm) were less contagiously distributed and normally were negatively spatially autocorrelated; that is the number of large oysters on adjacent clumps tended to differ more (many vs. few) than would be expected by chance. Negative spatial autocorrelation was restricted to adjacent clumps < 12 cm apart. Consequently, as the oyster populations aged, their spatial distributions changed. The spatial distribution of large oysters on nearby clumps was affected by the number of large oysters distributed among the clumps. As the variance-to-mean ratio increased, the populations became more negatively spatially autocorrelated. Consequently, large oysters affected the survivorship of oysters on adjacent clumps. Mortality, produced perhaps by predation and disease, modulated by competition for food affecting the oyster's susceptibility to mortality, could explain these changes in distributional pattern.en_US
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dc.geo-codeTexas coasten_US
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dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1969.3/20164
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dc.locationGBIC Collection file roomen_US
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dc.subjectgeographical distributionen_US
dc.subjectAmerican oysteren_US
dc.subjectCrassostrea virginicaen_US
dc.subjectsurvivalen_US
dc.subjectmortalityen_US
dc.titleSmall scale spatial distribution of oysters (Crassostrea virginica) on oyster reefs.en_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
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dc.vol-issue41(3)en_US
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