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Changes in the amphipod fauna (Crustacea) of the Rhine, Meuse and Scheldt estuary due to the 'Delta Plan' coastal engineering works
Platvoet, D.; Pinkster, S. (1995). Changes in the amphipod fauna (Crustacea) of the Rhine, Meuse and Scheldt estuary due to the 'Delta Plan' coastal engineering works. Neth. J. Aquat. Ecol. 29(1): 5-30
In: Netherlands Journal of Aquatic Ecology. Kluwer Academic Publishers/Netherlands Society of Aquatic Ecology: Bilthoven. ISSN 1380-8427, more
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Keywords
    Coastal engineering; Community composition; Distribution; Estuarine organisms; Hydrography; Man-induced effects; Shore protection; Amphipoda [WoRMS]; Chelicorophium curvispinum (G.O. Sars, 1895) [WoRMS]; Gammarus tigrinus Sexton, 1939 [WoRMS]; ANE, Netherlands, Meuse estuary [Marine Regions]; ANE, Netherlands, Rhine estuary [Marine Regions]; Marine

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  • Pinkster, S.

Abstract
    The amphipod fauna of the delta of the rivers Rhine, Meuse and Scheldt was re-surveyed 30 years after the detailed inventory of den hartog (1963; 1964). During these 30 years enormous changes have taken place in the morphology and hydrology of this estuarine system. Many habitats were destructed because of the damming of several sea arms. Tidal influence disappeared from a large part of the area or was reduced in other parts. Nearly all indigenous amphipods of the area have suffered severely under these changes. The only species to profit were the recently introduced Gammarus tigrinus and Corophium curvispinum. The main causes for the sharp decline of the amphipod fauna are changes in salinity, tidal movements and dike construction.

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