The effect of grazing by Littorina irrorata on edaphic and epiphytic communities of salt marsh diatoms

Date

1994

Authors

Wu, Tsui-Hui

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Texas A&M University

Abstract

In January, April, and August of 1992, natural and snail-ingested diatom assemblages were sampled. The sampling site was located at a Spartina alterniflora marsh on the southern shore of West Galveston Bay, Texas. Littorina irrorata fed predominantly on the exposed sediment in January and April, and on the epiphytic community on Spartina alterniflora in August. This alternation corresponded with the tidal exposure duration of sediment and the development of epiphytic community on Spartina alterniflora culms.

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88 pgs.

Keywords

diatoms, Littorina irrorata, salt marshes, Spartina alterniflora, epiphytes, grazing, substrata, wetlands, salt marshes, diatoms, epiphytes, littorina irrorata

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