Predation in littoral habitats is a complex process: Comment on Whitfield (2020)

Baker, Ronald, and Sheaves, Marcus (2021) Predation in littoral habitats is a complex process: Comment on Whitfield (2020). Marine Ecology - Progress Series, 662. pp. 205-208.

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Shallow littoral waters in estuaries provide important nurseries for a diversity of fish species. The recent review of Whitfield (2020; Mar Ecol Prog Ser 649:219-234) reinforced the long-held paradigm that the value of shallow nurseries is due, in part, to these habitats containing few predators and having low predation pressure. We argue that the provision of refuge does not necessarily mean that a habitat must have few predators and low predation pressure, and present evidence that shallow nurseries contain abundant predator assemblages, may have high predation pressure, and be the habitats where much of the high mortality suffered by juvenile cohorts occurs. Shallow littoral waters are clearly important nurseries, and we highlight the importance of predation in nursery ground functioning.

Item ID: 72359
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 1616-1599
Keywords: Nursery, Refuge, Piscivore, Estuary
Copyright Information: © Inter-Research 2021 - This article is subject to a 5 year embargo
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2022 14:21
FoR Codes: 31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3103 Ecology > 310305 Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1802 Coastal and estuarine systems and management > 180299 Coastal and estuarine systems and management not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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