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Recruitment in invertebrates with short-lived larvae: thecase of the bryozoan Disporella hispida (Fleming)

AutorMariani, Simone
Palabras claveCompetition
Mediterranean Sea
Bryozoa
Cyclostomata
Philopatry
Habitat choice
Post-recruitment mortality
Fecha de publicación2003
EditorSpringer
CitaciónHelgoland Marine Research 57: 47-53 (2003)
ResumenTemporal and spatial recruitment patterns of the cyclostome bryozoan Disporella hispida were monitored using settlement plates arranged along three benthic communities of an artificial reef at Blanes (NE Spain, NW Mediterranean). At the study site, the species mainly inhabits semi-obscure caves. By studying recruitment over one year I first inferred the larval release period for D. hispida and described its temporal occurrence in the communities and stations studied. Secondly, I attempted to determine whether the predicted restricted dispersal may account for the species' distribution at the study site. To this purpose, I compared the distribution of early recruits (15 days old) with that of adults. I also investigated environmental factors which may affect the extent of larval dispersal, and described the effects of post-recruitment processes occurring over a 4-month period. The brooding period, inferred from the study of early recruitment, was linked to spring-increments and autumn-decrements of water temperatures. Early recruits were distributed non-randomly in the communities and stations studied, being most abundant in the habitats where adults live. Strong hydrodynamic events seemed to modify this pattern, allowing recruitment out of the parental communities, and may hinder settlement. Post-recruitment mortality events were likely to prevent colonisation of habitats where the species do not live. Overall, philopatry and low post-recruitment mortality in the parental communities appeared to be the main mechanisms determining the distribution of D. hispida at the study site.
DescripciónEste artículo contiene 7 páginas, 3 figuras, 2 tablas.
Versión del editorhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10152-002-0131-1
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/149073
DOI10.1007/s10152-002-0131-1
ISSN1438-387X
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