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Title: Herbivory intensity over two coexisting macrophytes on soft bottoms of Gran Canaria Island
Authors: Río Moral, Lucía Del
Director: González Ramos, Antonio Juan 
Tuya Cortés, Fernando José 
UNESCO Clasification: 241705 Biología marina
Keywords: Praderas marinas - Canarias
Ecosistemas marinos - Canarias
Issue Date: 2014
Abstract: Seagrass meadows are highly productive and complex ecosystems delivering key ecosystem good and services. Typically, seagrasses are found on shallow-water soft bottoms interspersed with other macrophytes, e.g. green macroalgae. Herbivory over seagrasses has a larger influence than previously though and can contribute significantly to seagrass dynamics In this study, we aimed to assess whether the magnitude of herbivory differed between two coexisting macrophytes, the seagrass Cymodocea nodosa and the green seaweed Caulerpa prolifera on Gran Canaria Island. We focused on the impact of macrograzers over these two macrophytes during two seasons, and we combined outdoor experimentation (through direct and indirect approaches that estimated differences in the intensity of herbivory between both macrophytes) and indoor experimentation. Our results showed a significantly larger consumption of C. prolifera than C. nodosa. This fact notoriously contrasts with the classic idea that the genus Caulerpa contains chemical compounds, as caulerpenyne that deter herbivores. Fish abundance predicted the intensity of herbivory over C. nodosa leaves and C. prolifera fronds. Moreover, our results revealed that a physical feature of macrophytes (e.g. toughness) is a major driver of macro-herbivore feeding choices.
Department: Biología
Faculty: Facultad de Ciencias del Mar
Degree: Máster Universitario en Oceanografía
Rights: by-nc-nd
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