MEPS 134:119-130 (1996)  -  doi:10.3354/meps134119

Effects of macrobenthic burrows on infaunal communities in tropical tidal flats

Dittmann S

The effects of burrows on the infaunal community in a tropical tidal flat were studied on the northeast coast of Australia. A comparative survey of infauna in burrows versus adjacent sediment was carried out for the burrows of 3 crustaceans (Scopimera inflata, Uca spp., Callianassa australiensis) and a brachiopod (Lingula anatina). More (1.5 to 2.5x) infauna occurred within burrows than in adjacent sediments. Densities of meiobenthic nematodes, copepods