Zooplankton inputs and outputs in the saltmarsh at Towra Point, Australia

Debashish Mazumder, Neil Saintilan, Robert J. Williams

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Abstract

The contribution made by saltmarsh to the production of estuarine zooplankton was examined through a comparison of inputs and outputs of tidal water at a site on Towra Point, NSW, Australia. Saltmarsh proved to be a net exporter of crab and gastropod larvae, although it functioned as a sink for copepods and amphipods. Further, the highest density of zooplankton in estuarine nearshore habitats (saltmarsh, mangrove, seagrass, and open water) during a high tide event was found in the saltmarsh. The presence of high concentrations of zooplankton, predominantly crab and gastropod larvae, in the saltmarsh and lesser extent in the mangrove represents a source of food for estuarine fish.

LanguageEnglish
Pages225-230
Number of pages6
JournalWetlands Ecology and Management
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Mazumder, Debashish ; Saintilan, Neil ; Williams, Robert J. / Zooplankton inputs and outputs in the saltmarsh at Towra Point, Australia. In: Wetlands Ecology and Management. 2009 ; Vol. 17, No. 3. pp. 225-230.
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Zooplankton inputs and outputs in the saltmarsh at Towra Point, Australia. / Mazumder, Debashish; Saintilan, Neil; Williams, Robert J.

In: Wetlands Ecology and Management, Vol. 17, No. 3, 06.2009, p. 225-230.

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