Inter-Research > MEPS > v428 > feature  
Marine Ecology Progress Series

via Mailchimp
MEPS - Vol. 428 - Feature article
Dynamic and static habitat traits determine associations of invertebrates on a rocky shore, such as these limpets (Cellana tramoserica) under a ledge. Photo: J. Meager

Meager JJ, Schlacher TA, Green M


Topographic complexity and landscape temperature patterns create a dynamic habitat structure on a rocky intertidal shore


Habitat structure is a key determinant of biological assemblages, but is often difficult to quantify and may have more dimensions than are conventionally measured. Meager and co-workers measured the three-dimensional topography (a static property) and temperature landscape (a dynamic property) of invertebrate habitats on an Australian rocky shore. Both static and dynamic traits of the habitat were important: the abundance of most invertebrate species was associated with temperature, while fractal surface dimension was the best predictor of body size. Their results advance our theoretical understanding of the link between habitat structure and biota, and have practical implications towards using habitat structure as a surrogate for biodiversity and conservation planning.


Inter-Research Science Publisher is pleased to make this Feature Article openly available for viewing by our readers.


Abstract   Back to contents page   Link to full PDF