|The larger Crustacea associated with holdfasts of kelp (Laminaria hyperborea) in North-East Britain|
Moore, P.G. (1973). The larger Crustacea associated with holdfasts of kelp (Laminaria hyperborea) in North-East Britain. Cah. Biol. Mar. 14(4): 493-518
In: Cahiers de Biologie Marine. Station Biologique de Roscoff: Paris. ISSN 0007-9723, more
Laminaria hyperborea (Gunnerus) Foslie, 1884 [WoRMS]; Marine
The composition of the malacostracan crustacean fauna inhabiting kelp holdfasts in North-East Britain is described. Observations on the natural history of each spp are presented. The Amphipoda form the dominant group followed by the Isopoda and Tanaidacea. Vagile Mysidacea and Eucarida are possibly under-represented due to sampling technique. Amphipod dominance was largely due to family Ischyroceridae, followed by the families Corophiidae, Amphilochidae, Calliopiidae, Dexaminidae, Aoridae, Atylidae and Stenothoidae. The majority of the Amphipoda are tubicolous; the non tube-dwelling Amphipoda being characteristically strong swimmers which nestle amongst algae. Their feeding habits and distribution around Britain are described as existing data allow. The importance of geographical temp factors and exposure to wave action is discussed. Comparison is made between the fauna of British and Californian kelp holdfasts and related to the distinctive differences between the 2 habitats.