MEPS 559:89-102 (2016)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/meps11890

Local-scale variation in trace elemental fingerprints of the estuarine bivalve Austrovenus stutchburyi within and between estuaries

C. R. Norrie1,*, B. J. Dunphy1,2, J. A. Baker3, C. J. Lundquist1,4

1Institute of Marine Science, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
2School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
3School of Environment, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
4National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), Hamilton, New Zealand
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ABSTRACT: Trace elemental fingerprinting has been used to estimate population connectivity of marine species by using variations in the chemistry of shell produced in different water masses to determine the natal location of settlers. This method has been successfully used to differentiate between estuaries and coasts at spatial scales of 10s to 100s of km. Here, we investigated the suitability of trace elemental fingerprinting to distinguish subpopulation connectivity at management scales suitable for local fishery or conservation management. The trace element chemistry of Austrovenus stutchburyi shells was used to distinguish between intra- and inter-estuary subpopulations at local (~1 to 10 km) scales, with ~99% success. Differences between 8 locations within a large harbour and 4 smaller neighbouring estuaries were detected. Sr:Ca, Zn:Ca and Mn:Ca elemental ratios were the primary drivers of inter-site trace elemental fingerprint differences. Intra-shell variation in elemental fingerprints was used to examine temporal stability and demonstrated that, although intra-shell differences were present, site-specific differences in elemental fingerprints were maintained. The results of this study suggest trace elemental fingerprinting can be a viable method to estimate population connectivity over small inter- and intra-estuary spatial scales.


KEY WORDS: LA-ICP-MS · Microchemistry · Larval dispersal · DFA


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Cite this article as: Norrie CR, Dunphy BJ, Baker JA, Lundquist CJ (2016) Local-scale variation in trace elemental fingerprints of the estuarine bivalve Austrovenus stutchburyi within and between estuaries. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 559:89-102. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps11890

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