Nutrient recycling by coastal macrofauna: intra- versus interspecific differences

Villeger, Sebastien, Ferraton, Franck, Mouillot, David, and de Wit, Rutger (2012) Nutrient recycling by coastal macrofauna: intra- versus interspecific differences. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 452. pp. 297-303.

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In the context of global change, improving our understanding of how species communities shape ecosystem functioning and stability is a key issue. Therefore, we have to adopt a functional approach by considering the role of organisms in ecosystem processes. Nutrient recycling is important for sustaining primary productivity in aquatic systems but has been largely overlooked for macro-organisms. In a Mediterranean coastal ecosystem we found that per capita ammonium and phosphate excretion rates for the 9 dominant nektonic macrofauna species exceeded those of 3 benthic bivalves by factor 100. Body mass and species identity together significantly explained these interspecific differences in excretion rates. Significant differences in the effect of body mass on nutrient excretion rates were also found among the 7 fish species. More studies are needed to further explore the biological determinants of the intra-and interspecific variability of excretion rates as well as their consequences on marine ecosystem functioning.

Item ID: 25629
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1616-1599
Keywords: excretion, ammonium, phosphate, fish, functional diversity, benthos, nekton, Thau lagoon
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Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2013 05:08
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