Marine amphipods as integral members of global ocean ecosystems

Ritter, Carmen J., and Bourne, David G. (2024) Marine amphipods as integral members of global ocean ecosystems. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 572. 151985.

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Amphipod crustaceans exist across marine habitats from the polar regions to the tropics, providing a critical biological link between benthic/pelagic processes and marine/atmospheric ecosystems. They fulfil many functional roles as predators and prey, bioturbators, mesograzers, pollinators, secondary producers, nutrient cycling facilitators, and indicators of marine and sediment health. Despite their importance, tropical amphipods are poorly represented in the literature. This review offers an overview of the biological and ecological roles of amphipods globally. Amphipods face many pressures in the warming seas that will ultimately force acclimation, adaptation, or mortality, with potentially dire consequences for the processes they facilitate. We highlight the lack of data on tropical amphipods and argue an urgent need to identify their diversity, abundance, and functions underpinning resilience in ecosystems such as coral reefs, seagrass meadows, and mangroves. This improved understanding is necessary to predict and potentially mitigate cascading deleterious effects driven by a rapidly warming planet.

Item ID: 82002
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0022-0981
Keywords: Amphipods, Benthic ecology, Bioturbation, Community composition, Food webs, Functional ecology
Copyright Information: © 2024 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2024 01:54
FoR Codes: 31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3103 Ecology > 310305 Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology) @ 60%
31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3199 Other biological sciences > 319999 Other biological sciences not elsewhere classified @ 40%
SEO Codes: 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280102 Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences @ 100%
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