Journal article

Small-scale spatial structuring of interstitial invertebrates on three embayed beaches, Sydney, Australia

Belinda C Cooke, Ian D Goodwin, Melanie J Bishop

Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science | ACADEMIC PRESS LTD- ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2014


An understanding of ecological processes hinges upon an understanding of the spatial structuring of their key biotic components. Interstitial invertebrates are a ubiquitous and ecologically important component of sandy beach ecosystems. As many sandy beach taxa have limited dispersal, it may be expected that their populations exhibit a high degree of spatial structuring, yet the spatial scales across which they display baseline variability remain largely unknown. To assess (1) whether interstitial invertebrates display patchiness on embayed sandy beaches, (2) whether the size of patches they form is consistent across three geographically proximal beaches, (3) the key environmental correlates..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank Lara Ainley, Mirella Verhoven and Leigh Mackie for their assistance. We are grateful to Dr. Daniel Leduc for his assistance with nematode identification, Dr. Stephen Fegley for conversations on sampling and spatial dependence and Dr. Mitchell Harley for the original map of the study area. The authors thank two anonymous reviewers for comments that improved the manuscript. This project was made possible through an Australian Postgraduate Award to BCC and funding through Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University as well as a Joyce Vickery Scientific Research Fund grant from the Linnean Society of NSW to BCC.