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Life history and reproductive biology of Corophium volutator (Crustacea: Amphipoda) and the influence of shorebird predation on population structure in Chignecto Bay, Bay of Fundy, Canada
Peer, D.L.; Linkletter, L.E.; Hicklin, P.W. (1986). Life history and reproductive biology of Corophium volutator (Crustacea: Amphipoda) and the influence of shorebird predation on population structure in Chignecto Bay, Bay of Fundy, Canada. Neth. J. Sea Res. 20(4): 359-373
In: Netherlands Journal of Sea Research. Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ): Groningen; Den Burg. ISSN 0077-7579, more
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  • Peer, D.L.
  • Linkletter, L.E.
  • Hicklin, P.W.

Abstract
    Intertidal populations of Corophium volutator were sampled over a 17-month period at 5 locations in Chignecto Bay, Bay of Fundy, Canada. This is a macrotidal environment with extensive mudflats. Two generations were produced annually. The lengths of gravid females and brood sizes were larger than those previously reported in most European studies. Production was highest during May-September. During late summer (July-September) the larger animals were selectively removed from the population by predatory shorebirds (Charadriiformes) thus modifying the population structure from a bimodal to a unimodal distribution composed of numerous but small animals. Although shorebird predation was extensive, the associated reductions in Corophium densities were temporary. Densities increased following the birds' departure from the study sites in early fall. Frequency distribution histograms of size classes remained unimodal and growth was low, until the next breeding season. Annual net production over 2 one-year periods was 6250 and 3277 mg·m-2 (dry weight).

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