Spatial structure on moderately exposed rocky shores: patch scales and the interactions between limpets and algae

M P Johnson, Michael Burrows, R G Hartnoll, S J Hawkins

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Abstract

The spatial pattern of limpet grazing has been previously hypothesised to drive a mosaic of algal patches on moderately exposed shores in the northeast Atlantic. The presence of differently aged algal patches and spatial effects associated with limpets were tested for using spatially referenced data sets. Algal and limper occurrences in 0.01 m(2) cells were recorded in a series of 25 m(2) quadrats on shores on the Isle of Man. All sites showed small-scale spatial autocorrelation for Limpets and mature and juvenile algae. Hence the sites surveyed had an uneven distribution of Limpets superimposed on a mosaic of differently aged patches of algae. The local density of Limpets was related to the probability of a cell containing juvenile algae in 7 of the 10 quadrats surveyed. Where they had an effect, limpets generally reduced the probability of juvenile algae being recorded locally, as would be predicted by the grazer-driven mosaic hypothesis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-215
Number of pages7
JournalMAR ECOL-PROG SER
Issue number0
Publication statusPublished - 1997

Keywords

  • Ecology
  • PATTERN
  • ECOLOGY
  • INVERTEBRATES
  • Marine & Freshwater Biology
  • BARNACLES
  • Oceanography
  • RECRUITMENT

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