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Succession of marine fouling community influences the associated mobile fauna via physical complexity increment

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Vicente, Vanessa S. [1] ; Ferreira, Ana P. [1] ; Peres, Pedro A. [2] ; Siqueira, Silvana G. L. [1] ; Leite, Fosca P. P. [1] ; Vieira, Edson A. [1, 3]
Total Authors: 6
[1] Univ Estadual Campinas UNICAMP, Inst Biol, Dept Biol Anim, 255 Monteiro Lobato, BR-13083862 Campinas, SP - Brazil
[2] Univ Sao Paulo, Fac Filosofia Ciencias & Letras Ribeirao Preto, Dept Biol, Lab Bioecol & Sistemat Crustaceos LBSC, Programa P, BR-14040901 Ribeirao Preto, SP - Brazil
[3] Univ Fed Rio Grande do Norte UFRN, Dept Oceanog & Limnol, Lab Ecol Marinha, Av Via Costeira Senador Dinarte Medeiros Mariz, BR-59014002 Natal, RN - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 3
Document type: Journal article
Source: MARINE AND FRESHWATER RESEARCH; v. 72, n. 10, p. 1506-1516, 2021.
Web of Science Citations: 1

Sessile communities provide habitat for feeding, reproduction and protection to a diverse mobile fauna. Along succession, the growth and overgrowth of three-dimensional sessile organisms generate structural complexity and microhabitats for mobile organisms. Most studies focus on one species or group of the sessile fauna as a habitat provider, but here we investigated the whole community, using fouling communities as a model. We tested the hypothesis that they would gain structural complexity along succession, resulting in an increase in abundance and biomass, and compositional changes of the associated mobile groups. The organisms were obtained from communities growing on PVC plates left in the water for 6, 9 and 12 months. Early succession fouling communities (6 months) were mostly flatter, dominated by encrusting bryozoans and more empty space and cover of delicate hydrozoans and filamentous algae. Advanced-succession fouling communities (9 and 12 months) showed a biomass increment and compositional changes by the increased cover of structurally complex sessile organisms, such as arborescent bryozoans and sponges. Mobile groups showed higher abundance and biomass, and a different composition at later stages. Thus, our results emphasise how the structural complexity provided by fouling organisms and the changes over succession may mediate the changes in the associated mobile fauna. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 17/09444-0 - Ecological succession in the sublittoral fouling community: the effect of the change of the biological substrate in the associated fauna
Grantee:Vanessa Silva Vicente
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
FAPESP's process: 12/18432-1 - Effect of the early colonization on the development and structure of subtidal marine incrusting communities
Grantee:Edson Aparecido Vieira Filho
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate