publication . Article . 2014

Spatio-temporal macrofaunal assemblages associated with the endangered orange coral Astroides calycularis (Scleractinia: Dendrophylliidae)

A Terrón-Sigler; P Peñalver-Duque; D León-Muez; FE Torre;
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  • Published: 23 Jul 2014
  • Publisher: Inter-Research
  • Country: Spain
Abstract
The orange coral Astroides calycularis is internationally protected due to its narrow distribution, its sensitivity to environmental changes and anthropogenic disturbance. Spatio-temporal macrofaunal assemblages associated with A. calycularis were studied along the southern coast of the Iberian Peninsula. A total of 878 invertebrate specimens were collected, comprising 81species. At the 3 depths studied (0, 5 and 10 m), crustacean species were dominant in terms of abundance, followed by annelids and molluscs. Macrofaunal densities were higher in October and May, and lower in August and September. Janira maculosa (isopod), Lembos spp. (gammarid) and Stenothoe cav...
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free text keywords: Astroides calycularis, Associated macrofauna, Mediterranean Sea, Ecology, Aquatic Science, Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics, Oceanography, Fishery, food.ingredient, food, Scleractinia, biology.organism_classification, biology, Endangered species, Dendrophylliidae, Species richness, Invertebrate, Biodiversity, Coral
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