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  Estonian Journal of Ecology

ISSN 1736-7549 (electronic)   ISSN 1736-602X (print)
An international scientific journal

Formerly: Proceedings of the Estonian Academy of Sciences: Biology, Ecology
(ISSN 1406-0914)
Published since 1952
 

Estonian Journal of Ecology

ISSN 1736-7549 (electronic)   ISSN 1736-602X (print)
An international scientific journal

Formerly: Proceedings of the Estonian Academy of Sciences: Biology, Ecology
(ISSN 1406-0914)
Published since 1952
 

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Food competition between the benthic polychaete Hediste diversicolor and the semipelagic mysid Neomysis integer in the northern Baltic Sea; pp. 324–331

(Full article in PDF format) doi: 10.3176/eco.2009.4.07


Authors

Helen Orav-Kotta, Jonne Kotta, Ilmar Kotta

Abstract

To date, there are virtually no studies where the competitive interactions between benthic and pelagic species are experimentally evaluated although such benthic–pelagic coupling might be relevant in many instances. In this study we investigated if Hediste diversicolor and Neomysis integer compete with each other for space and food during May–June when the densities of both species are very high in the shallow bays of the northern Baltic Sea. The interspecific interactions between the test organisms were studied in small plastic buckets placed on the seafloor in a shallow (2 m) bay. Experiments showed that H. diversicolor was competitively superior over N. integer. At a low food level the competitive interactions reduced the survival of N. integer whereas at a high food level no such negative effects were observed.

Keywords

Baltic, benthic–pelagic coupling, field experiment, interspecific interaction.

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