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Drivers of biodiversity associated with rhodolith beds from euphotic and mesophotic zones: Insights for management and conservation

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Veras, Priscila de Cerqueira [1] ; Pierozzi-, Jr., Ivan [1] ; Lino, Jaqueline Barreto [1] ; Amado-Filho, Gilberto Menezes [2] ; de Senna, Andre Resende [3] ; Gomes Santos, Cinthya Simone [4] ; de Moura, Rodrigo Leao [5] ; Passos, Flavio Dias [6] ; Giglio, Vinicius Jose [1] ; Pereira-Filho, Guilherme Henrique [1]
Total Authors: 10
[1] Univ Fed Sao Paulo, Inst Mar, Lab Ecol & Conservacao Marinha, Santos, SP - Brazil
[2] Inst Pesquisas Jardim Bot Rio de Janeiro, Rio De Janeiro, RJ - Brazil
[3] Univ Estado Rio de Janeiro, Dept Ciencias, Sao Goncalo, RJ - Brazil
[4] Univ Fed Fluminense, Inst Biol, Dept Biol Marinha, Niteroi, RJ - Brazil
[5] Univ Fed Rio de Janeiro, Inst Alberto Luiz Coimbra Posgrad & Pesquisa Engn, Lab Sistemas Avancados Gestao Prod SAGE, Inst Biol, Rio De Janeiro, RJ - Brazil
[6] Univ Estadual Campinas, Inst Biol, Lab Malacol, Campinas, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 6
Document type: Journal article
Source: PERSPECTIVES IN ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION; v. 18, n. 1, p. 37-43, JAN-MAR 2020.
Web of Science Citations: 0

Ecologically important marine ecosystems should be identified and protected, as is the case of the poorly known SW Atlantic rhodolith beds. Understanding the main variables predicting biodiversity patterns is essential for determining priority areas for conservation. Here, we analyzed the macroinvertebrate associated with rhodoliths from euphotic and mesophotic zones from the Fernando de Noronha Archipelago investigating the drivers of diversity distribution in this habitat. Rhodoliths were sampled and vagile macroinvertebrates (>500 mu m) were classified and quantified. We verified that estimated density of organisms associated with rhodoliths in the euphotic zone was 17 % greater than the mesophotic zone. The communities along depth zones show dissimilarities, suggesting that both environments are ecologically distinct. Comparisons with other ecosystems revealed that rhodolith beds have similar diversity of macroinvertebrates. We also found that four of the six tested variables predicted 85 % of the variability observed in the vagile macroinvertebrate community (i.e. average diameter, depth, biomass of macroalgae and density of rhodoliths in the bed). These variables should be taken into account in future research in modeling the biodiversity associated with the rhodolith beds. This is especially relevant in the SW Atlantic where the rhodolith beds seem to harbor an associated biodiversity greater than previous works had indicated, moreover, they represent one of the main ecosystems that are often superimposed with mining activities. (C) 2019 Published by Elsevier Editora Ltda. on behalf of Associacao Brasileira de Ciencia Ecologica e Conservacao. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 17/22273-0 - Ecological effects of recreational diving in subtropical marine protected areas
Grantee:Vinicius Jose Giglio Fernandes
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 16/14017-0 - Assessement of determinating process in associated diversity and formation of rhodolith beds in different spatial scales
Grantee:Guilherme Henrique Pereira Filho
Support type: Regular Research Grants