Spatial variation in size and density of adult and post-settlement Semibalanus balanoides: effects of oceanographic and local conditions

Michael Burrows, S R Jenkins, Linda Robb, Robin Harvey

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Abstract

Regional oceanographic processes are emerging as strong influences on growth and recruitment of intertidal species, with important consequences for populations. Yet local conditions such as wave exposure are also important. To disentangle these effects for the intertidal barnacle Semibalanus balanoides, we surveyed 259 sites around Scotland in July and August over 6 yr (from 2001 to 2006). Scaled digital photographs at 3 shore levels gave sizes and densities of juvenile and adult barnacles for comparison with wave fetch, remotely sensed chlorophyll a (chl a) concentration and seasonal sea surface temperature (SST). Patterns were also compared with site 'openness': the area of connected open sea
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-219
Number of pages13
JournalMAR ECOL-PROG SER
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords

  • CHTHAMALID BARNACLES
  • COMMUNITY STRUCTURE
  • Marine & Freshwater Biology
  • ROCKY SHORES
  • Oceanography
  • BALANUS-GLANDULA
  • DISPERSAL
  • SETTLEMENT-PATTERNS
  • Ecology
  • SPACE-LIMITED RECRUITMENT
  • INTERTIDAL BARNACLES
  • CLIMATE-CHANGE
  • POPULATIONS

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