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Title: Trophic relationships between itinerant fish and crab larvae in a temperate Australian saltmarsh
Authors: Mazumder, D
Saintilan, N
Williams, RJ
Keywords: Zooplankton
Australia
Marshes
Tide
Larvae
Crabs
Fishes
Issue Date: 23-Feb-2006
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Citation: Mazumder, D., Saintilan, N., & Williams, R. J. (2006). Trophic relationships between itinerant fish and crab larvae in a temperate Australian saltmarsh. Marine and Freshwater Research. 57(2), 193-199. doi:10.1071/MF05040
Abstract: Comparisons of zooplankton inputs and outputs for a temperate Australian saltmarsh demonstrate a substantial contribution of crab larvae to the ebbing tide water, particularly during the cooler months. Few crab larvae were present in the incoming tide (mean abundance 4 m−3), whereas many crab larvae were present in the outgoing water (mean abundance 2124.63 m−3). Stomach content analysis of itinerant fish exiting the saltmarsh with the ebbing tide demonstrated extremely high proportions of crab larvae in the gut of glassfish (Ambassis jacksoniensis), as well as flat tail mullet (Liza argentea) and blue eye (Pseudomugil signifer). The results suggest a direct trophic link between secondary production of saltmarsh and itinerant fish, and a significant ecological role for burrowing crabs occupying saltmarshes in temperate Australia in the trophic food web of saltmarsh–estuarine systems. © CSIRO 2006
URI: https://doi.org/10.1071/MF05040
https://apo.ansto.gov.au/dspace/handle/10238/11539
ISSN: 1448-6059
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