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Faunistic control of Enteromorpha blooms: a field experiment
Warwick, R.M.; Davey, J.T.; Gee, J.M.; George, C.L. (1981). Faunistic control of Enteromorpha blooms: a field experiment. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 56(1): 23-31
In: Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. Elsevier: New York. ISSN 0022-0981, more
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Keywords
    Algal blooms; Estuaries; Grazing; Mud flats; Predators; Tidal flats; Enteromorpha Link, 1820 [WoRMS]; Pomatoschistus microps (Krøyer, 1838) [WoRMS]; Marine

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  • Warwick, R.M., more
  • Davey, J.T.
  • Gee, J.M.
  • George, C.L.

Abstract
    Gobies, Pomatoschistus microps (Krøeyer), were introduced to a series of cages on an estuarine mud-flat during the period in which the cover of Enteromorpha sp. was declining. They fed selectively on the grazers which either ingested Enteromorpha directly or browsed on micro-organisms attached to it and, therefore, significantly affected the breakdown rate of the alga. It is suggested that the balance between grazers and their predators may be at least partially responsible for the irregular development of Enteromorpha on estuarine mud-flats from year to year.

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