The dynamics of phytobenthos and its main drivers on abrasion platforms with vermetids (Alicante, Southeastern Iberian Peninsula)

 
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The dynamics of phytobenthos and its main drivers on abrasion platforms with vermetids (Alicante, Southeastern Iberian Peninsula) (EN)

ZUBCOFF, JOSÉ JACOBO
VALVERDE URREA, MIGUEL
RAMOS ESPLA, ALFONSO
TERRADAS FERNÁNDEZ, MARC
BOTANA GÓMEZ, CARLOS

Generalitat Valenciana Conselleria de Agricultura, Medio Ambiente, Cambio Climático y Desarrollo Rural (EN)

Abrasion platforms with vermetids shape unique seascapes and biotic assemblages that characterize several of the warm Mediterranean coasts. The composition, structural and seasonal dynamics of the platforms’ phytobenthos were examined at two Southeast Iberian locations through non-destructive sampling. The patterns observed were linked with environmental variables and grazers’ coverage, and we assessed their possible influence. Structural descriptors α-diversity and β-diversity were applied, pointing that depth and season-related variables were the major influencing drivers. Higher α-diversity and β-diversity values during winter and spring coincided with the production optimum of the community. A greater average water depth influences the abundance of both midlittoral and infralittoral taxa. The strong resemblance between the phytobenthos of these vermetid platforms and that on similar platforms in the Eastern and Central Mediterranean Sea suggests that these are affected by the same structuring mechanisms. (EN)

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Multivariant (EN)

benthos (EN)
community structure (EN)
environmental factors (EN)
Seasonality (EN)
Biodiversity (EN)
Environmental Science Marine Ecology (EN)

Ελληνικό Κέντρο Θαλασσίων Ερευνών (ΕΛΚΕΘΕ) (EL)
Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR) (EN)

Mediterranean Marine Science

Αγγλική γλώσσα

2018-05-23


Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (EN)

Annual (EN)
Visual inventories (EN)
Mediterranean Sea (EN)

1791-6763
1108-393X
Mediterranean Marine Science; Vol 19, No 1 (2018); 58-68 (EL)
Mediterranean Marine Science; Vol 19, No 1 (2018); 58-68 (EN)

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