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Meiofauna and Sediment

Title: Meiofauna and Sediment: How Abundances Differ Based on Grain Size.
Name(s): Ballentine, William Michael, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Date Issued: 2016-04-22
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Meiofauna are the nearly microscopic organisms that live in the interstitial spaces between individual granules of sediment. They are found all over the world in almost every place where water meets earth. Because their environment is made up of the surrounding sediment, it is understandable that the grain size of that sediment is a very important factor in the lives of these tiny organisms. I have counted and categorized the communities of nematodes and harpacticoid copepods in two ecologically different sites that are ~256m apart. I have quantified the average grain size for both sites, a saltmarsh (182.69 µm) and a seagrass bed (286.66µm), and have attempted to fit it into an ecological framework for the nematode/copepod communities that live there. I found that between these two habitats, both nematode and copepod communities increased with grain size and that despite ecological differences, the ratio of copepods to nematode in the two sites was not significantly different.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1461350426 (IID)
Keywords: Meiofauna, Grain size, copepods, nematodes
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Owner Institution: FSU

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Ballentine, W. M. (2016). Meiofauna and Sediment: How Abundances Differ Based on Grain Size. Retrieved from