Factors affecting the community composition of epibenthic and infaunal invertebrates of newly planted seagrass beds

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dc.contributor.authorHenderson Cen_US
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dc.date.issued1999 1998 Mar 26en_US
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dc.description.abstractEpibenthic and infaunal organisms represent an important link between macrofauna and the seagrass beds they utilize. For this reason, benthic organisms should be considered when a comparison is made of the structural and functional equivalency of planted beds and natural seagrass beds. Three Halodule wrightii beds were planted during May 1994 in western Galveston Bay, Texas. The experimental design allowed for evaluation of water depth, planting density, and distance to edge on benthic community composition. Bare sand adjacent to the planted sites and a natural seagrass bed 15 km southwest of the planted sites were used for comparison. Monthly cores 10 cm diameter by 5 cm deep were taken for 16 months after beds were planted. Excluding decapods, invertebrates were identified to species when possible. Although species richness and abundance within the planted seagrass beds increased relative to adjacent sands, epibenthic and infaunal communities did not closely emulate those of the naturally occurring seagrass bed. Preliminary data indicate planting density had a positive effect on faunal densities, while water depth and distance to edge had no effect. Planted seagrass beds often take 2-3 years to reach shoot and root densities comparable to those of naturally occurring beds. Benthic communities in planted beds probably take at least as long to reach structural equivalence with those in natural seagrassesen_US
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dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1969.3/22973
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dc.notesGulf Estuarine Research Society Spring Meeting 1998, Galveston, TX (USA)0072-9027EnglishEnglishJournal Article; ConferenceMarineCS9921893en_US
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dc.seriesGulf Research Reports [Gulf Res. Rep.]. Vol. 10en_US
dc.subjectabundanceen_US
dc.subjectASW,USA,Texas,Galveston Bayen_US
dc.subjectCommunity compositionen_US
dc.subjectcoresen_US
dc.subjectDecapoden_US
dc.subjectDesignen_US
dc.subjectEvaluationen_US
dc.subjectGalveston Bayen_US
dc.subjectHalodule wrightiien_US
dc.subjectmacrofaunaen_US
dc.subjectO 1070 Ecology/Community Studiesen_US
dc.subjectQ1 01483 Species interactions: generalen_US
dc.subjectQ5 01521 Mechanical and natural changesen_US
dc.subjectsea grassen_US
dc.subjectSeagrassesen_US
dc.subjectTexasen_US
dc.subjectUSAen_US
dc.subjectwateren_US
dc.subjectwater depthen_US
dc.subjectzoobenthosen_US
dc.titleFactors affecting the community composition of epibenthic and infaunal invertebrates of newly planted seagrass bedsen_US
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