The macrofaunal assemblage associated with the scleractinian coral Cladocora caespitosa (L.) in the Aegean Sea

TitleThe macrofaunal assemblage associated with the scleractinian coral Cladocora caespitosa (L.) in the Aegean Sea
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1998
AuthorsKoukouras, A, Kühlmann D, Voultsiadou E, Vafidis D, Dounas C, Chintiroglou C, Koutsoubas D
JournalAnnales de l'Institute Oceanographique
Volume74
Issue2
Pages97 - 114
KeywordsAssociated fauna, Cladocora caespitosa, Faunal diversity, Mediterranean Sea, Scleractinia, Zooxanthellate
Abstract

Colonies of the Scleractinian C. caespitosa were collected from two different sites in the Chalkidiki Peninsula (North Aegean Sea. Greece) in September 1987. The information obtained from multidimensional scaling and analysis of the data revealed a difference in the qualitative and quantitative composition of the associated assemblage between the two sites. Two distinguishable benthic communities exist, due to the different prevailing physicochemical parameters. At the shallow site, crustaceans and molluscs are the dominant taxa, in contrast to polychaetes at the deepest site. At both sites, deposit feeders dominate, with their numbers increasing with depth. In contrast, numbers of suspension feeders decrease with depth.

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