|Title:||Colonization patterns of decapods into artificial collectors: Seasonality between habitat patches||Authors:||García-Sanz, Sara
Navarro, Pablo G.
Landeira, José M.
|UNESCO Clasification:||240119 Zoología marina||Keywords:||Artificial collectors
Decapoda, et al
|Issue Date:||2014||Publisher:||0278-0372||Journal:||Journal of Crustacean Biology||Abstract:||Understanding colonization of new habitats by recruits is essential to comprehend local abundance patterns of adult populations. Colonization of benthic habitats by new colonizers is achieved through the influx of larvae from the water column and movements from adjacent habitats. Colonization, i.e., the composition and abundance of new colonizers, into a focal habitat may be affected by surrounding habitats. In this study, we investigated seasonal variation through an annual cycle in postlarval settlement patterns of decapod crustaceans colonizing artificial collectors on different habitats, in particular: Cymodocea nodosa seagrass meadows, sandy patches, ‘urchin-grazed’ barrens and macroalgal-dominated beds, which are arranged in patches within seascapes in the eastern Atlantic. Our results showed that: 1) decapods, at least some species, settle preferentially on artificial collectors deployed on vegetated substrates when compared to those deployed on unvegetated substrates; 2) despite most decapods have a planktonic larval phase with wide oceanic dispersal, the presence of crustaceans in particular habitats suggests a great specificity at their early post-larval stages; and 3) although subtropical waters of Gran Canaria have a weak seasonal variation, early postlarval stages of decapod crustaceans showed two distinct settlement periods, i.e., a ‘cold’ and a ‘warm’ season.||URI:||http://hdl.handle.net/10553/49574||ISSN:||0278-0372||DOI:||10.1163/1937240X-00002242||Source:||Journal of Crustacean Biology [ISSN 0278-0372], v. 34, p. 431-441|
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