Gastropods with different development modes respond differently to habitat fragmentation

Cacabelos, E., Neto, A.I. & Martins, G.M. (2021) Gastropods with different development modes respond differently to habitat fragmentation.

Marine Environmental Research, 167, 1-7. DOI:10.1016/j.marenvres.2021.105287 (IF2019 2,727; Q1 Marine & Freshwater Biology)
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  • Mar, 2021


The role of the human-made structures in coastal ecosystems can determine the spatial distribution or patterns of spatial abundances of marine organisms. To contribute to the understanding of linkages between different components of habitats (i.e. natural and artificial structures), we explored the role of type of larval development (planktotrophic vs. non-planktotrophic) on patterns of spatial variation of gastropods on rocky shores, elucidating the possible responsibility of habitat fragmentation on their distribution. Obtained results suggest that habitat fragmentation affects differently the patterns of variability of species with different types of larval development. Namely, fragmentation caused by artificial structures mostly influence variability of species with non-planktotrophic development. Moreover, although abundance of the species with non-planktotrophic development varied at small spatial scales, suggesting that processes operating at this scale are likely the main drivers of their distribution, changes in species variability were not associated with differences in species abundance among habitats.