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Revista de Biología Tropical

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WINFIELD, Ignacio; CHAZARO-OLVERA, Sergio  and  ALVAREZ, Fernando. ¿Controla la biomasa de pastos marinos la densidad de los peracáridos (Crustacea: Peracarida) en lagunas tropicales?. Rev. biol. trop [online]. 2007, vol.55, n.1, pp.43-51. ISSN 0034-7744.

Does sea-grass biomass control the density of peracarids (Crustacea: Peracarida) in tropical lagoons? We analyzed the time-space variation of the peracarid crustaceans that inhabit seagrasses of the Alvarado Lagoon System, Veracruz, Gulf of Mexico. The organisms were collected from 108 samples in six sites with Ruppia maritima beds (December 1992 to November 1994). The assemblage was composed of 11 species. Eight species of Amphipoda (Hourstonius laguna, Cerapus benthophilus, Apocorophium louisianum, Grandidierella bonnieroides, Leptocheirus rhizophorae, Gammarus mucronatus, Melita longisetosa and Haustorius sp.), one of Isopoda (Cassidinidea ovalis) and two of Tanaidacea (Discapseudes holthuisi and Leptochelia savignyi) were identified. Taxocoenosis, density and biomass of peracarids showed seasonal pulses related to R. maritima biomass, salinity variation, epicontinental affluent and inlets. The species C. ovalis, G. mucronatus, A. louisianum and D. holthuisi were dominant. Rev. Biol. Trop. 55 (1): 43-53. Epub 2007 March. 31.

Keywords : Ruppia maritima; Alvarado Lagoon System; Gulf of Mexico.

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