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Consequences of a freshwater canal discharge on the benthic community and its habitat on an exposed sandy beach
Lercari, D.; Defeo, O.; Celentano, E. (2002). Consequences of a freshwater canal discharge on the benthic community and its habitat on an exposed sandy beach. Mar. Pollut. Bull. 44(12): 1397-1404. hdl.handle.net/10.1016/S0025-326X(02)00304-1
In: Marine Pollution Bulletin. Macmillan: London. ISSN 0025-326X, more
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Keyword
    Marine
Author keywords
    Sandy beach; Macrofauna; Communities; Disturbance; Salinity; Uruguay

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  • Lercari, D.
  • Defeo, O.
  • Celentano, E.

Abstract
    This paper analyses the spatial and temporal effects of a freshwater discharge (Canal Andreoni) on the macroinfauna community and its habitat in a sandy beach of Uruguay. Bimonthly, we examined 17 environmental variables plus macroinfauna abundance, biomass, richness, evenness and diversity of three sites: Andreoni, at the canal mouth, Coronilla, at 1 km, and Barra, at 13 km from the mouth. Both univariate and multivariate techniques showed an increasing degree of perturbation towards the canal. This was reflected by abiotic and biotic differences between sites and by a consistent two-dimensional ordination of the samples. A clear seasonal pattern was found, specially accentuated at Coronilla, where the effects of the canal were stronger in winter and weaker in summer. Multivariate linking between macroinfauna and its habitat highlighted the role of salinity as explanatory variable of the observed trends.

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