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Macrofauna associated with temporary Sabellaria alveolata reefs on the west coast of Cotentin (France)


The polychaete Sabellaria alveolata (Linnaeus, 1767) is an important ecosystem engineer building reef structures which add to the topographic complexity in colonized areas. In Europe, the most extensive reef formation is located in the Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel (France). Since 2006, Sabellaria bio-constructions have developed on hard substrates along the west coast of the Cotentin Peninsula between Champeaux and Saint-Germain-sur-Ay on the northern part of the Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel. In this sector, two distinct types of bio-construction can be distinguished: platforms and reefs. The aim of this study is to analyse the patterns of the associated macrofauna on these platforms and reefs, as well as outside, and test for a correlation between the presence of Sabellaria bio-constructions and the richness of the benthic macrofauna. Univariate analyses are used to compare the macrofauna on four sites (Champeaux, Lingreville, Blainville-sur-Mer and Saint-Germain-sur-Ay). The results show a higher taxonomic richness on the platform-type than on the reef-type structures, and also a higher taxonomic richness outside the bio-construction areas. This suggests that, on the examined sites, the presence of S. alveolata bio-constructions does not contribute to higher levels of benthic macrofaunal richness on hard substrates. Temporary bio-constructions along this coast exhibit reefs of interest at some sites as well as in very small zones which merit special attention.


keyboard_arrow_right Titre : Macrofauna associated with temporary Sabellaria alveolata reefs on the west coast of Cotentin (France)
keyboard_arrow_right Type de documentation : Articles
keyboard_arrow_right Auteur(s) personne(s) : Dauvin Jean Claude, Baffreau Alexandrine, Pezy Jean-Philippe, Lecornu Billie, Basuyaux Olivier, Schlund Erika
keyboard_arrow_right Date de publication : 20 août 2016
keyboard_arrow_right Editeur(s) : SpringerOpen
keyboard_arrow_right Tags thématiques : baie, écosystème benthique, benthos, côte, écosystème côtier, récif
keyboard_arrow_right Mots-clés libres : Cotentin coast/Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel/Sabellaria reefs/Macrofauna taxonomic richness/Temporary reefs
keyboard_arrow_right Langue : Anglais
keyboard_arrow_right N° d'édition (ISBN,DOI...) : 10.1186/s40064-016-2885-y
keyboard_arrow_right Collection : Springer Plus
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