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Circadiel patterns in the tidal plankton of a sandy beach in Zeebrugge (Belgium)
Lock, K.; Beyst, B.; Mees, J. (1999). Circadiel patterns in the tidal plankton of a sandy beach in Zeebrugge (Belgium). Belg. J. Zool. 129(2): 339-352
In: Belgian Journal of Zoology. Koninklijke Belgische Vereniging voor Dierkunde = Société royale zoologique de Belgique: Gent. ISSN 0777-6276; e-ISSN 2295-0451, more
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    The intertidal fauna of a Belgian sandy beach was sampled on an hourly basis with a hand-pushed sledge to study circadiel patterns in species composition. Four assemblages could be distinguished with classification and ordination techniques. A first division separated the samples taken during daytime from the night samples. Both assemblages were subsequently divided into an ebbtide and a floodtide situation. Light intensity and tidal height were the most important variables explaining the variation in the Canonical Correspondence Analysis.

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