Correspondence between zooplankton assemblages and the Estuary Environment Classification system

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dc.contributor.author Lucena-Moya, Paloma
dc.contributor.author Duggan, Ian C.
dc.date.accessioned 2020-01-15T15:30:01Z
dc.date.available 2020-01-15T15:30:01Z
dc.date.issued 2017-01-05
dc.identifier.citation Lucena-Moya , P & Duggan , I C 2017 , ' Correspondence between zooplankton assemblages and the Estuary Environment Classification system ' , Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science , vol. 184 , pp. 1-9 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2016.10.028
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dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/309595
dc.description.abstract We tested whether variability in zooplankton assemblages was consistent with the categories of estuarine environments proposed by the 'Estuary Environment Classification' system (EEC) (Hume et al., 2007) across a variety of North Island, New Zealand, estuaries. The EEC classifies estuaries in to eight categories (A to F) based primarily on a combination of three abiotic controlling factors: ocean forcing, river forcing and basin morphometry. Additionally, we tested whether Remane's curve, which predicts higher diversities of benthic macrofauna and high and low salinities, can be applied to zooplankton assemblages. We focused on three of the eight EEC categories (B, D and F), which covered the range of estuaries with river inputs dominating (B) to ocean influence dominating (F). Additionally, we included samples from river (FW) and sea (MW) to encompass the entire salinity range. Zooplankton assemblages varied across the categories examined in accordance with a salinity gradient predicted by the EEC. Three groups of zooplankton were distinguishable: the first formed by the most freshwater categories, FW and B, and dominated by rotifers (primarily Bdelloidea) and estuarine copepods (Gladioferans pectinatus), a second group formed by categories D and F, of intermediate salinity, dominated by copepods (Euterpina acutifrons), and a final group including the purely marine category MW and dominated also by E. acutifrons along with other marine taxa. Zooplankton diversity responded to the salinity gradient in a manner expected from Remane's curve. The results of this study support others which have shown salinity to be the main factor driving zooplankton community composition and diversity. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. en
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science
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dc.rights.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject Transitional ecosystems
dc.subject Estuary environment classification (EEC)
dc.subject Remane's curve
dc.subject Zooplankton
dc.subject Salinity
dc.subject New Zealand
dc.subject SPECIES RICHNESS
dc.subject COMMUNITY STRUCTURE
dc.subject TEMPORAL PATTERNS
dc.subject SPATIAL-PATTERNS
dc.subject CHESAPEAKE BAY
dc.subject NEW-ZEALAND
dc.subject TEMPERATE
dc.subject SALINITY
dc.subject VARIABILITY
dc.subject DIVERSITY
dc.subject 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
dc.title Correspondence between zooplankton assemblages and the Estuary Environment Classification system en
dc.type Article
dc.contributor.organization Tvärminne Zoological Station
dc.description.reviewstatus Peer reviewed
dc.relation.doi https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2016.10.028
dc.relation.issn 0272-7714
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