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Title: Temporal dynamics of shallow subtidalmeiobenthos from a beach in Tenerife (Canary Islands, northeast Atlantic Ocean)
Authors: Riera, R. 
Núñez, J.
Del Carmen Brito, M.
UNESCO Clasification: 240119 Zoología marina
Keywords: Meiofauna
Assemblage structure
Subtidal
Issue Date: 2013
Journal: Acta Oceanologica Sinica
Abstract: A shallow subtidal (3 m deep) meiofaunal assemblage in Los Abrigos Bay, Tenerife, Canary Islands was sampled during May 2000–April 2001. The main aims were to (1) find temporal variations in meiofaunal assemblage structure and overall abundance, as well as in the most abundant meiofaunal species throughout the study period, and (2) identify environmental variables (sedimentary composition, organic matter content, and total nitrogen) that better explain meiofaunal assemblage structure during the study year. The most abundant species were the nematodes Siphonolaimus sp. 2 and Catanema sp., which represented 46.2% of the overall meiofaunal abundances and varied significantly throughout the study duration. Overall meiofaunal abundance and the most abundant taxonomic groups (nematodes, copepods, and oligochaetes) showed significant temporal variations during the study period. Nematodes overwhelmingly dominated during the study period, ranging from 78% in May to 97.34% in February. Multivariate analyses showed seasonality inmeiofaunal community structure during the study year, with the lowest abundances in May.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10553/106643
ISSN: 0253-505X
DOI: 10.1007/s13131-013-0340-2
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