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Studies on the littoral seaweed epifauna of St.Croix Island. 3. Gelidium pristoides (Rhodophyta) and its epifauna

Beckley, L.E. (1982) Studies on the littoral seaweed epifauna of St.Croix Island. 3. Gelidium pristoides (Rhodophyta) and its epifauna. South African Journal of Zoology, 17 (1). pp. 3-10.

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    Abstract

    Total area of the midlittoral G. pristoides belt was 4241 m super(2) and total summer standing crop of this perennial seaweed was 265 kg (dry mass). Monthly numerical composition of G. pristoides) epifauna at three sites on St. Croix is presented and discussed. Nematodesdominated the epifauna throughout the year with harpacticoids the second most abundant taxon. The presence of nauplius, annelid and Diptera larvae as well as juvenile amphipods and molluscs in the epifauna indicates the role of seaweeds as nursery areas for littoral fauna. G. pristoides epifauna averaged 1,77 x 10 super(5) animals m super(-2). Total summer standing stock of G. pristoides epifuana on St. Croix was determined by two methods which yielded 6,4 x 10 super(8) and 7,3 x 10 super(8) animals respectively.

    Publication Type: Journal Article
    Publisher: South African Bureau for Scientific Publications
    URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/8528
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