Meiofauna as consumers in coastal food webs

Maciej Wołowicz , Adam Sokołowski , Barbara Urban-Malinga , Maria Szymelfenig


In 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.
Author Maciej Wołowicz (FOG / IO / DMEF)
Maciej Wołowicz,,
- Division of Marine Ecosystems Functioning
, Adam Sokołowski (FOG / IO / DMEF)
Adam Sokołowski,,
- Division of Marine Ecosystems Functioning
, Barbara Urban-Malinga
Barbara Urban-Malinga,,
, Maria Szymelfenig (FOG / IO / DPO)
Maria Szymelfenig,,
- Division of Physical Oceanography
Publication size in sheets1.45
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 Englishenergy flows, feeding strategies, food source, food web, geographical diversity, meiofauna, trophic guilds, trophic interactions, trophodynamics
Languageen angielski
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