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Epiphytes and associated fauna on the brown alga Fucus vesiculosus in the Baltic and the North Seas in relation to different abiotic and biotic variables
Kersen, P.; Kotta, J.; Bucas, M.; Kolesova, N.; Dekere, Z. (2011). Epiphytes and associated fauna on the brown alga Fucus vesiculosus in the Baltic and the North Seas in relation to different abiotic and biotic variables, in: Green, J.A. et al. (Ed.) Marine Biology in Time and Space. Proceedings of the 44th European Marine Biology Symposium, 7-11 September 2009, Liverpool, UK. Marine Ecology (Berlin), 32(S1): pp. 87-95. dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1439-0485.2010.00418.x
In: Green, J.A. et al. (Ed.) (2011). Marine Biology in Time and Space. Proceedings of the 44th European Marine Biology Symposium, 7-11 September 2009, Liverpool, UK. Marine Ecology (Berlin), 32(S1). Wiley: London. vii, 134 pp., more
In: Marine Ecology (Berlin). Blackwell: Berlin. ISSN 0173-9565, more
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Document type: Conference paper

Keywords
    Fucales [WoRMS]; Fucus vesiculosus Linnaeus, 1753 [WoRMS]; Marine
Author keywords
    Community composition; dominance structure; epibionts; fucoids; host frond; marine benthos; mobile invertebrates; seaweeds; spatial variability; wave exposure

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  • Kersen, P.
  • Kotta, J., more
  • Bucas, M.
  • Kolesova, N.
  • Dekere, Z.

Abstract
    Fucus vesiculosus L. is an important habitat-forming macroalga both in the saline and high diverse North Sea and the diluted and low diversity Baltic Sea. Despite its importance, comparisons of the spatial patterns of its epiphytes have rarely been reported. In this study we examined the species composition and density of macro-epiphytes and mobile fauna on the canopy-forming macroalga F. vesiculosus inhabiting different regimes of wave exposure in the North and Baltic Seas. The North and Baltic Seas had distinct epiphyte and mobile faunal communities. Wave exposure and segments of host fronds significantly contributed to the variability in species composition and dominance structure of epiphytes on F. vesiculosus in the North Sea and Baltic Sea. The study indicated that there is no clear spatial scale where environmental variables best predicted epiphytic and mobile faunal communities, and the formation of epiphytic and faunal communities is an interplay of factors operating through micro- to regional scales.

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