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Seagrass detritus as marine macroinvertebrates attractor

  • Valentina Costa
  • Renato Chemello
  • Davide Iaciofano
  • Sabrina Lo Brutto
  • Francesca Rossi

Seagrass detritus is used as food, physical habitat and shelter. Using natural and artificial detritus, we tested if: 1) the colonisation was related to substrate availability rather than food 2) the assemblages were similar according to meadow structural complexity. A total of 11,270 invertebrates were identified. Neither the habitat complexity, nor the substrate type shown any effects on the colonisation, with both substrates acting as a faunal magnet. The detritus can be colonised by a rich and diverse community, highlighting its important role in maintaining the seagrass meadow biodiversity

  • Keywords:
  • Beach-dunes,
  • Rocky ecosystems. Artificial ecosystems,
  • Abiotic factors and water quality,
  • Biodiversity and functioning of ecosystems,
  • Impact mitigation and restoration,
  • methodologies,
  • Analysis of the effects of impact factors on ecosystems,
  • Monitoring of c,
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Valentina Costa

Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Italy - ORCID: 0000-0002-1513-0284

Renato Chemello

University of Palermo, Italy - ORCID: 0000-0002-4545-7368

Davide Iaciofano

University of Palermo, Italy - ORCID: 0000-0003-3345-0668

Sabrina Lo Brutto

University of Palermo, Italy - ORCID: 0000-0002-9964-904X

Francesca Rossi

ECOSEAS, France - ORCID: 0000-0003-1928-9193

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Seagrass detritus as marine macroinvertebrates attractor


Valentina Costa, Renato Chemello, Davide Iaciofano, Sabrina Lo Brutto, Francesca Rossi





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