Depredación e impacto antropogénico sobre la estructura comunitaria de playas de bolones

Marcela Aldana, Diego Maturana, José Pulgar, M. Roberto García-Huidobro

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Resumen

Predator impacts on intertidal community structure have been studied for rocky platforms, but intertidal boulder fields, a habitat with a greater extension and heterogeneity, have not yet been considered. Keeping in mind that disturbances are considered an important force in determining intertidal habitat diversity, the aims of this work were to describe and quantify boulder field community structure and to assess boulder field community dynamics by proposing possible food webs, taking into consideration predatory and anthropogenic impacts. These aims were achieved by installing predator-exclusion cages outfitted with rocks that were monitored monthly over one year in two study zones, a Management and Exploitation Area for Benthic Resources (MEABR, Playa Chica) and open-access area (OAA, Playa Grande). For both study zones, juveniles were the dominant observed ontogenetic state and invertebrate richness and density were higher inside exclusion cages. Furthermore, the MEABR had a differentiated impact on community structure and dynamics in comparison with the OAA. In conclusion, the roles played by boulder fields in intertidal diversity, especially in recruitment and as a nursery zone, are important to consider in management plans.

Título traducido de la contribuciónPredation and anthropogenic impact on community structure of boulder beaches
Idioma originalEspañol
Páginas (desde-hasta)543-551
Número de páginas9
PublicaciónScientia Marina
Volumen80
N.º4
DOI
EstadoPublicada - 1 mar 2016

Palabras clave

  • Boulder beaches
  • Community structure
  • Food web
  • Intertidal zone
  • Management and exploitation areas for benthic resources

Áreas temáticas de ASJC Scopus

  • Oceanografía
  • Ciencias acuáticas

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