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Meiobenthic community in the Westerschelde estuary between 1977 and 1979
Citable as data publication
Van Damme D.; Herman R.; Sharma Y.; Holvoet M.; Martens P.; Marine Biology Section; Zoology Institute. Ugent: Belgium; (2016): Meiobenthic community in the Westerschelde estuary between 1977 and 1979. https://doi.org/10.14284/221
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Description
Data on quantitative aspects of the meiofauna community in the Westerschelde estuary such as density, biomass, diversity and community structure. The data were digitized by VLIZ from the original report: Van Damme, D.; Herman, R.; Sharma, Y.; Holvoet, M.; Martens, P. (1980). Benthic studies of the Southern Bight of the North Sea and its adjacent continental estuaries: Progress Report 2. Fluctuation of the meiobenthic communities in the Westerschelde estuary. more

The meiofauna community of the Westerschelde estuary was examined along five transects over an one year period. All meiofaunal groups, excluding nematodes, occurred in very low numbers along the estuary, except at the salt marsh Saeftinghe, where they attain normal to high values. The average number of taxa decline from 4.3 at the mouth of the estuary at Vlissingen to 1.5 at Doel. Similar trends are observed for annual mean density.

Scope
Themes:
Biology > Benthos, Biology > Ecology - biodiversity
Keywords:
Marine, Brackish water, Terrestrial, Meiobenthos, Meiofauna communities, ANE, Netherlands, Westerschelde, Ossenisse, ANE, Netherlands, Westerschelde, Saeftinge, ANE, Netherlands, Westerschelde, Terneuzen, ANE, Netherlands, Westerschelde, Vlissingen, ANE, Scheldt Estuary, Belgium, Zeeschelde, Doel, Alteutha depressa (Baird, 1837), Arenocaris bifida Nicholls, 1935, Arenosetella germanica Kunz, 1937, Ascolaimus elongatus (Bütschli, 1874), Asellopsis intermedia (Scott T., 1895), Batillipes mirus Richters, 1909, Calyptronema maxweberi (de Man, 1922), Canuella perplexa Scott T. & A., 1893, Enoplolaimus propinquus de Man, 1922, Euterpe acutifrons (Dana, 1847), Evansula pygmaea (Scott T., 1903), Gastrotricha, Halectinosoma sarsi Boeck, 1873, Harpacticus littoralis Sars G.O., 1910, Hydrozoa, Kliopsyllus constrictus (Nicholls, 1935), Leptastacus laticaudatus Nicholls, 1935, Leptolaimus papilliger de Man, 1876, Microlaimus marinus (Schulz, 1932) Schuurmans Stekhoven & De Coninck, 1933, Mollusca, Nannopus palustris Brady, 1880, Nematoda, Nitocra typica Boeck, 1865, Oligochaeta, Oncholaimus oxyuris Ditlevsen, 1911, Ostracoda, Paraleptastacus espinulatus Nicholls, 1935, Paramesochra similis Kunz, 1936, Paronychocamptus nanus (Sars G.O., 1908), Platychelipus littoralis Brady, 1880, Polychaeta, Protohydra leuckarti Greeff, 1870, Pseudobradya beduina Monard, 1935, Spilophorella paradoxa (de Man, 1888) Filipjev, 1917, Tachidius (Tachidius) discipes Giesbrecht, 1881, Tardigrada, Theristus blandicor Rachor, 1971, Trichotheristus mirabilis (Schuurmans Stekhoven & De Coninck, 1933), Tripyloides marinus (Bütschli, 1874) de Man, 1886, Turbanella cornuta Remane, 1925, Turbellaria, Viscosia viscosa (Bastian, 1865) de Man, 1890

Geographical coverage
ANE, Netherlands, Westerschelde, Ossenisse [Marine Regions]
ANE, Netherlands, Westerschelde, Saeftinge
ANE, Netherlands, Westerschelde, Terneuzen [Marine Regions]
ANE, Netherlands, Westerschelde, Vlissingen [Marine Regions]
ANE, Scheldt Estuary [Marine Regions]
Belgium, Zeeschelde, Doel [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
1977 - 1979

Taxonomic coverage
Alteutha depressa (Baird, 1837) [WoRMS]
Arenocaris bifida Nicholls, 1935 [WoRMS]
Arenosetella germanica Kunz, 1937 [WoRMS]
Ascolaimus elongatus (Bütschli, 1874) [WoRMS]
Asellopsis intermedia (Scott T., 1895) [WoRMS]
Batillipes mirus Richters, 1909 [WoRMS]
Calyptronema maxweberi (de Man, 1922) [WoRMS]
Canuella perplexa Scott T. & A., 1893 [WoRMS]
Enoplolaimus propinquus de Man, 1922 [WoRMS]
Euterpe acutifrons (Dana, 1847) [WoRMS]
Evansula pygmaea (Scott T., 1903) [WoRMS]
Gastrotricha [WoRMS]
Halectinosoma sarsi Boeck, 1873 [WoRMS]
Harpacticus littoralis Sars G.O., 1910 [WoRMS]
Hydrozoa [WoRMS]
Kliopsyllus constrictus (Nicholls, 1935) [WoRMS]
Leptastacus laticaudatus Nicholls, 1935 [WoRMS]
Leptolaimus papilliger de Man, 1876 [WoRMS]
Microlaimus marinus (Schulz, 1932) Schuurmans Stekhoven & De Coninck, 1933 [WoRMS]
Mollusca [WoRMS]
Nannopus palustris Brady, 1880 [WoRMS]
Nematoda [WoRMS]
Nitocra typica Boeck, 1865 [WoRMS]
Oligochaeta [WoRMS]
Oncholaimus oxyuris Ditlevsen, 1911 [WoRMS]
Ostracoda [WoRMS]
Paraleptastacus espinulatus Nicholls, 1935 [WoRMS]
Paramesochra similis Kunz, 1936 [WoRMS]
Paronychocamptus nanus (Sars G.O., 1908) [WoRMS]
Platychelipus littoralis Brady, 1880 [WoRMS]
Polychaeta [WoRMS]
Protohydra leuckarti Greeff, 1870 [WoRMS]
Pseudobradya beduina Monard, 1935 [WoRMS]
Spilophorella paradoxa (de Man, 1888) Filipjev, 1917 [WoRMS]
Tachidius (Tachidius) discipes Giesbrecht, 1881 [WoRMS]
Tardigrada [WoRMS]
Theristus blandicor Rachor, 1971 [WoRMS]
Trichotheristus mirabilis (Schuurmans Stekhoven & De Coninck, 1933) [WoRMS]
Tripyloides marinus (Bütschli, 1874) de Man, 1886 [WoRMS]
Turbanella cornuta Remane, 1925 [WoRMS]
Turbellaria [WoRMS]
Viscosia viscosa (Bastian, 1865) de Man, 1890 [WoRMS]

Parameters
Ash-free dry weight (AFDW) biomass , Count, Meiobenthos biomass, Meiobenthos density

Contributors
Universiteit Gent; Faculteit Wetenschappen; Vakgroep Biologie; Onderzoeksgroep Mariene Biologie (MARBIOL), moredata creator Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ), moredata manager

Publication
Based on this dataset:
Van Damme, D. et al. (1980). Benthic studies of the Southern Bight of the North Sea and its adjacent continental estuaries: Progress Report 2. Fluctuation of the meiobenthic communities in the Westerschelde estuary, in: (1980). Geconcerteerde Onderzoeksacties Interuniversitaire Actie Oceanologie: verslag van de studiedagen = Actions de Recherche Concertées Action Interuniversitaire Océanologie: rapports des journées d'études. pp. 131-170, more

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Research: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2013-05-17
Information last updated: 2016-10-05
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