Emergent fauna from hard surfaces on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Kramer, M.J., Bellwood, D.R., and Bellwood, O. (2013) Emergent fauna from hard surfaces on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Marine and Freshwater Research, 64 (8). pp. 687-691.

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The community composition of a coral reef emergent fauna was quantified on Orpheus Island, Great Barrier Reef. Emergence traps deployed over hard surfaces revealed a wide diversity of organisms, spanning eight different phyla, of which Crustacea were particularly abundant. Within the Crustacea, harpacticoid copepods were the most common (24 ± 2 ind. 100 cm–2, mean ± s.e.). The composition of the emergent fauna differed markedly from previous descriptions of the cryptofauna in the epilithic algal matrix. Furthermore, the emergent fauna was two orders of magnitude less abundant than their benthic counterparts. Our results point to a limited trophic link between the benthos and the overlying nocturnal plankton assemblage.

Item ID: 29191
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1448-6059
Keywords: Crustacea, demersal plankton, emergent fauna, epilithic algal matrix
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2013 05:29
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960808 Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 100%
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