Spatial and temporal variation of meiofauna community structure in soft-sediment pools around Moreton Bay, Australia

Chargulaf, Craig A. and Tibbetts, Ian R. (2015) Spatial and temporal variation of meiofauna community structure in soft-sediment pools around Moreton Bay, Australia. Australian Journal of Zoology, 63 3: 204-213. doi:10.1071/ZO14063


Author Chargulaf, Craig A.
Tibbetts, Ian R.
Title Spatial and temporal variation of meiofauna community structure in soft-sediment pools around Moreton Bay, Australia
Journal name Australian Journal of Zoology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1446-5698
0004-959X
Publication date 2015
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/ZO14063
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 63
Issue 3
Start page 204
End page 213
Total pages 10
Place of publication Clayton, VIC Australia
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract In eastern Australia, small ephemeral soft-sediment pools are common on sheltered sand- and mudflats, and are occupied by the juveniles of fishes of economic and ecological importance. To address the question of whether these pools are merely refugia or whether they constitute a hitherto unrecognised nursery feeding habitat for small obligate meiobenthivorous fishes, we surveyed the meiofaunal communities of ephemeral soft-sediment pools within three intertidal shores of Moreton Bay, Australia. Highest mean meiofaunal abundances occurred at Godwin Beach and differed significantly throughout the year. Nematodes and copepods were the most abundant taxa while all other taxa contributed to <10% of the total meiofaunal abundance. Pool characteristics (i.e. volume and surface area) did not correlate with the abundance of benthic faunal assemblages. Overall, ephemeral soft-sediment pools of Moreton Bay support meiofaunal communities that are likely to provide prey resources for juvenile and small fish that use them as nurseries at low tide.
Keyword Community composition
Ephemeral soft-sediment pools
Meiobenthivorous fish
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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