A comparison of the macrobenthic distribution and community structure between two estuaries in SW Netherlands
Meire, P.; Seys, J.; Ysebaert, T.J.; Coosen, J. (1991). A comparison of the macrobenthic distribution and community structure between two estuaries in SW Netherlands, in: Elliott, M. et al. (Ed.) Estuaries and Coasts: Spatial and Temporal Intercomparisons. ECSA 19 Symposium, University of Caen, France. pp. 221-230
The Wester- and Oosterschelde are the only 2 remaining estuaries in the Delta area of SW Netherlands. In the Westerschelde the normal estuarine gradient from a brackish to a marine tidal system is found, whereas in the Oosterschelde major coastal engineering works have profoundly changed the character of the area. There is now no salinity gradient, and turbidity and pollution are very low. The intertidal macrofauna of both estuaries was studied intensively in 1987 and found to be similar in species composition. Multivariate statistical analyses (TWINSPAN and DECORANA) were used to determine similarities between stations and almost no overlap occurred between stations from the Ooster- and Westerschelde. The data indicate that between the Wester- and the Oosterschelde, a clear gradient from a filter-feeder to a deposit-feeder dominated community was found.
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