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Local population disappearance follows (20 yr after) cycle collapse in a pivotal ecological species

Barnes, David K.A.; Verling, Emma; Crook, Anne; Davidson, Ian; O'Mahoney, Maria. 2002 Local population disappearance follows (20 yr after) cycle collapse in a pivotal ecological species. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 226. 311-313. 10.3354/meps226311

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Abstract/Summary

Populations of the echinoid Paracentrotus lividus have undergone spectacular population fluctuations over the last 40 yr at Lough Hyne, SW Ireland, Censuses in 2000 and 2001, reported here, show no individuals present in the South Basin of Lough Hyne, for what is believed to be, the first time since observations began in the late 1920s. As with many echinoids, R lividus was considered to have a pivotal role in benthic ecology through control of algae by grazing, The discontinuation of P. lividus in South Basin of Lough Hyne is significant for 3 reasons. First, the database was 1 of the longest running censuses of a discrete echinoid population anywhere, Second, some corresponding environmental and population size structure data had been recorded over several decades. Third, P lividus was very important in structuring the shallow benthic community of the oldest marine reserve in Europe.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3354/meps226311
Programmes: BAS Programmes > Antarctic Science in the Global Context (2000-2005) > Life at the Edge - Stresses and Thresholds
ISSN: 0171-8630
Additional Keywords: echinoids, long-term monitoring, Paracentrotus lividus, Lough Hyne
NORA Subject Terms: Marine Sciences
Zoology
Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 20 Sep 2011 14:20
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/13159

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