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Do fish communities function as biotic vectors of organic matter between salt marshes and marine coastal waters?

Lefeuvre, Jean-Claude and Laffaille, Pascal and Feunteun, Eric Do fish communities function as biotic vectors of organic matter between salt marshes and marine coastal waters? (1999) Aquatic Ecology, vol. 33 (n° 3). pp. 293-299. ISSN 1386-2588

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1023/A:1009956605842

Abstract

The contribution of fish communities to organic matter (OM) fluxes, especially between salt marshes and adjacent marine coastal waters are reviewed. For this a data set fromthe bay ofMont Saint-Michel and literature is examined and discussed. In a range of macro-tidal coasts of Europe, salt marshes are only flooded at spring tides for a short time. Many animals, including fish, then invade the salt marshes through tidal creeks. They forage there for up to a few hours and swim back to sea at ebb. Meanwhile, organic matter is exported as gut content. In the 4000 ha of salt marshes of the bay of Mont Saint-Michel mullets were responsible for the export of about 8 kg of dry weight OM ha

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Additional Information:Thanks to springer publisher. The definitive version is available at www.springerlink.com The original PDF of the article can be found at Aquatic Ecology website : http://www.springerlink.com/content/x08671586785t727/
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS
Other partners > Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle (FRANCE)
Other partners > Université de Rennes 1 (FRANCE)
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Deposited By: Pascal LAFFAILLE

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