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Feeding grounds for waders in the Bay of the Mont Saint-Michel (France): the Lanice conchilega reef serves as an oasis in the tidal flats
De Smet, B.; Godet, L.; Fournier, J.; Desroy, N.; Jaffré, M.; Vincx, M.; Rabaut, M. (2013). Feeding grounds for waders in the Bay of the Mont Saint-Michel (France): the Lanice conchilega reef serves as an oasis in the tidal flats. Mar. Biol. (Berl.) 160(4): 751-761. hdl.handle.net/10.1007/s00227-012-2130-3
In: Marine Biology. Springer: Heidelberg; Berlin. ISSN 0025-3162, more
Peer reviewed article  

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Keywords
    Abundance; Feeding ground; Reefs; Lanice conchilega (Pallas, 1766) [WoRMS]; ANE, France, Breton Gulf [Marine Regions]; ANE, France, Mont-St. Michel Bay [Marine Regions]; Marine

Authors  Top | Dataset 
  • De Smet, B., more
  • Godet, L.
  • Fournier, J.
  • Desroy, N.
  • Jaffré, M.
  • Vincx, M., more
  • Rabaut, M., more

Abstract
    The tube-building polychaete Lanice conchilega can form dense populations, often called reefs, which promote benthic community change and constitute feeding grounds for secondary consumers. The aim of this study was to quantify the role of the L. conchilega reef of the Bay of the Mont Saint-Michel (BMSM) for feeding waders, by combining macrobenthos data, bird counts and bird diet information. Wader densities in the reef were on average 46.6 times higher than in non-reef areas. According to faecal analyses, waders in the reef mainly selected the accompanying fauna and especially crustaceans. The attractiveness of the reef to feeding birds may be largely explained by the high abundance, richness and biomass of macrobenthic species in the reef compared with the rest of the BMSM.

Dataset
  • Picture catalogue of morphotypes found in faecal samples of wading birds in the Lanice conchilega reef of the Bay of the Mont Saint-Michel (France), more

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