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|Type:||Artigo de periódico|
|Title:||Biology of a tropical intertidal population of Cerithium atratum (Born, 1778) (Mollusca, Gastropoda)|
|Abstract:||The spatial distribution, population structure and secondary production of the gastropod Cerithium atratum were studied in the intertidal region of Engenho d'Agua Beach in Sao Sebastiao Channel on the northern coast of the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil, from May 1998 to April 1999. Twenty monthly samples were taken using a 0.25x0.25 m quadrat in each of two areas. Individuals showed a clustered dispersion pattern in both areas throughout the sampling period. Abundance and mean shell size were related to period of the year and to intertidal level, although no consistent pattern could be described when comparing the two sampling areas due to significant interaction between time and locality. Migratory events were evidenced by marked year-round variations in the frequency of individuals in the largest size classes. Thus, the size structure of this population could not be explained by recruitment and growth alone. Almost 90% of the intertidal population was represented by small individuals that recruited at the beginning of the sampling period (May to August 1998). The intertidal population was composed of annual cohorts formed by individuals recruited in different years. Each annual cohort could be divided into sub-cohorts with closely spaced recruitment periods in the same breeding season. The growth and annual P/(B) over bar ratio (where P is the annual somatic production and (B) over bar is the mean annual biomass) was estimated for the first year of life of recruits from 1998 occupying the intertidal region. Individuals may have an increment of up to 15 mm in shell length during the first year of life, but the growth was more pronounced in summer months. The high value of P/(B) over bar (3.902) was a consequence of the dominance of small-sized individuals, which have a higher weight-specific increment than large-sized ones.|
Sao Sebastiao Channel
|Editor:||Taylor & Francis Ltd|
|Appears in Collections:||Unicamp - Artigos e Outros Documentos|
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