Meiofauna as consumers in coastal food webs
Maciej Wołowicz , Adam Sokołowski , Barbara Urban-Malinga , Maria Szymelfenig
AbstractIn this chapter, the significance of meiobenthic fauna as consumers in benthic systems is elucidated in a number of coastal locations (down to 200 m) representing a range of environmental and ecological conditions in different coastal zones and biogeographical regions. Food preferences, feeding strategies, and diet spectra are also reviewed across various feeding guilds and taxonomic groups. In addition, by condensing estimates of meiofaunal trophic interactions with other benthic components, a quantitative role of meiobenthos in carbon transfer and energy flows from organic matter sources to higher consumers in food web is assessed.
|Publication size in sheets||1.45|
|Book||Wolanski Eric, Mclusky Donald (eds.): Trophic relationships of coastal and estuarine ecosystems, Treatise on Estuarine and Coastal Science, no. 6, 2011, Elsevier, ISBN 978-0-08-087885-0, 4590 p.|
|Keywords in English||energy flows, feeding strategies, food source, food web, geographical diversity, meiofauna, trophic guilds, trophic interactions, trophodynamics|
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