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Serological tracers of meiofaunal food webs
Feller, R.J. (1984). Serological tracers of meiofaunal food webs, in: Heip, C.H.R. (Ed.) Biology of Meiofauna. Proceedings of the Fifth International Meiofauna Conference, held in Ghent, Belgium 16-20 August 1983. Developments in Hydrobiology, 26: pp. 119-125
In: Heip, C.H.R. (Ed.) (1984). Biology of Meiofauna. Proceedings of the Fifth International Meiofauna Conference, held in Ghent, Belgium 16-20 August 1983. Developments in Hydrobiology, 26. Dr. W. Junk Publishers: Dordrecht. ISBN 978-9061935131. 144 pp., more
In: Dumont, H.J. (Ed.) Developments in Hydrobiology. Kluwer Academic/Springer: The Hague; London; Boston; Dordrecht. ISSN 0167-8418, more

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Document type: Conference paper

Keywords
    Benthos; Food webs; Immunology; Marine invertebrates; Meiofauna; Salt marshes; Serology; Trophic relationships; ANW, USA, South Carolina [Marine Regions]; Marine

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  • Feller, R.J.

Abstract
    Serological methods utilizing taxon-specific antibodies were used to identify trophic connections in a salt marsh of South Carolina (U.S.A.). The incorporation of meiofauna within the benthic invertebrate food web was detected with these methods when microscopical examinations of predator stomachs revealed nothing but amorphous material and detritus. Measurements of soluble prey proteins in both predator guts and surficial sediments provided data to quantify the trophic connections. Difficulties with data interpretation limit the utility of serological methods for quantifying predation in the field.

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