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Epifauna community at Waarde and Saeftinghe (Westerschelde) in 1991
Citable as data publication
Makwaia E.S.; Hamerlynck O.; Fundamental and Applied Marine Ecology Post Graduate Program (FAME). VUB; Marine Biology Section, Zoology Institute. Ugent: Belgium; (2016): Epifauna community at Waarde and Saeftinghe (Westerschelde) in 1991. https://doi.org/10.14284/224
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Description
Species composition, density and biomass of epifauna in the creeks of saltmarshes Waarde and Saeftinghe between February and August 1991. The data were digitized by VLIZ from the original report: Makwaia, E.S. (1992). Utilization of saltmarshes by fishes and macrocrustaceans in the Westerschelde estuary. MSc Thesis. RUG: Gent. 49 pp. more

Samples were collected in February, April, June and August in the saltmarsh of Waarde. In the saltmarsh of Saeftinghe samples were collected in April, June and August. A passive fishing method was used to sample the organisms migrating in and out of the creeks. The gear used was a simple fykenet that was operated from a bridge across the saltmarsh creek. When water started to enter the creek on the rising tide, the net was placed on the creek bottom, its mouth facing the current. Ropes and weights kept the net in place and the net was hauled every hour. After the moment of high water the net was placed at the other side of the bridge, now facing the ebb current. Measurements of the current and waterheight allowed quantification of the catches in relation to the volume of water which passed through the net. All animals caught were identified to species level, counted and measured under the binocular microscope. The dry weight of the detritus present in all samples was measured and used as an environmental variable. Common species caught included, Neomysis integer, Mesopodopsis slabberi, Crangon crangon, Palaemonetes varians, Corophium volutator, Gammarus salinus, Carcinus maenas, Pomatoschistus microps and Platichthys flesus postlarvae.

Scope
Themes:
Biology > Benthos, Biology > Fish
Keywords:
Marine, Brackish water, Terrestrial, Epibenthos, Epifauna, Macrocrustacean communities, Saltmarsh, ANE, Netherlands, Westerschelde, Saeftinge, ANE, Netherlands, Westerschelde, Waarde, ANE, Scheldt Estuary, Carcinus maenas (Linnaeus, 1758), Corophium volutator (Pallas, 1766), Crangon crangon (Linnaeus, 1758), Gammarus salinus Spooner, 1947, Mesopodopsis slabberi (Van Beneden, 1861), Neomysis integer (Leach, 1814), Palaemonetes varians (Leach, 1813 [in Leach, 1813-1814]), Platichthys flesus (Linnaeus, 1758), Pomatoschistus microps (Krøyer, 1838)

Geographical coverage
ANE, Netherlands, Westerschelde, Saeftinge
ANE, Netherlands, Westerschelde, Waarde [Marine Regions]
ANE, Scheldt Estuary [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
February 1991 - August 1991

Taxonomic coverage
Carcinus maenas (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]
Corophium volutator (Pallas, 1766) [WoRMS]
Crangon crangon (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]
Gammarus salinus Spooner, 1947 [WoRMS]
Mesopodopsis slabberi (Van Beneden, 1861) [WoRMS]
Neomysis integer (Leach, 1814) [WoRMS]
Palaemonetes varians (Leach, 1813 [in Leach, 1813-1814]) [WoRMS]
Platichthys flesus (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]
Pomatoschistus microps (Krøyer, 1838) [WoRMS]

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

Contributors
Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences; Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW), moredata creator Universiteit Gent; Faculteit Wetenschappen; Vakgroep Biologie; Onderzoeksgroep Mariene Biologie (MARBIOL), moredata creator Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ), moredata manager
Vrije Universiteit Brussel; Fundamental and Applied Marine Ecology Post Graduate Program (FAME), moredata creator

Related datasets
Parent dataset:
Salt marsh creeks in the brackish part of the Westerschelde estuary as habitat for fishes and macrocrustaceans, more

Publication
Based on this dataset:
Cattrijsse, A. (1994). Schorkreken in het brakke deel van het Westerschelde estuarium als habitat voor vissen en macrocrustacea. PhD Thesis. Universiteit Gent, Vakgroep morfologie, systematiek en ecologie: Gent. V, 123 pp., more
Makwaia, E.S. (1992). Utilization of saltmarshes by fishes and macrocrustaceans in the Westerschelde estuary. MSc Thesis. RUG: Gent. 49 pp., more

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Research: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2014-05-20
Information last updated: 2016-10-05
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