Influence of Mangrove Detritus in an Estuarine Ecosystem
This study has determined the relationship and extent of mangrove reduced carbon flow and its contribution to the diet of higher consumers in a nearby seagrass bed using stable isotope techniques. In a seagrass bed approximately 80 m from a riverine mangrove community, detritus from seagrass or other marine sources of carbon such as epiphytes (Stilophora rhizodes) or phytoplankton the major contributor of reduced carbon. Mangroves make only a localized contribution to the food chain, thus contributing a relatively low proportion of reduced carbon to this seagrass community.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 1990-11-01
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