Network analysis and inter-ecosystem comparison of two intertidal mudflat food webs (Brouage Mudflat and Aiguillon Cove, SW France)

Type Article
Date 2007-09
Language English
Author(s) Leguerrier D1, Degre Delphine1, 2, 3, Niquil N1
Affiliation(s) 1 : Univ La Rochelle, CRELA CNRS IFREMER UMR 6217, Ctr Rech Ecosyst Littoraux Anthropises, F-17042 La Rochelle 1, France.
2 : Off Natl Chasse & Faune Sauvage, F-85450 Sainte Radegonde Des Noy, France.
Source Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science (0272-7714) (Elsevier), 2007-09 , Vol. 74 , N. 3 , P. 403-418
DOI 10.1016/j.ecss.2007.04.014
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Keyword(s) Atlantic coast, Intertidal mudflat, Network analysis, Inverse analysis, Ecosystem comparison, Food web
Abstract Network analysis was used to analyse steady-state models of the food webs of two intertidat mudflat ecosystems: Aiguillon Cove and Brouage Mudflat, on the South-Western Atlantic Coast of France. The aim was to highlight emergent properties of food-web functioning in these two ecosystems and to compare these properties with other coastal ecosystems. Both ecosystems imported detritus in parallel to a high benthic primary production. They were characterised by a high diversity of resources. Both also exported living material, leading to a high quality production, quantified as export of Exergy. This export was mainly composed of cultivated bivalves during the cold season for Brouage Mudflat, and of the migration of grazing fish in Aiguillon Cove during the warm season. Their internal organization was characterised by short pathways, high recycling, high redundancy and low net ecosystem production, compared to the other systems selected. These characteristics, encountered in many estuaries, presented less extreme values. (c) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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