Zooplankton inputs and outputs in the saltmarsh at Towra Point, Australia
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- Mazumder, D., Saintilan, N. & Williams, R.J. Wetlands Ecol Manage (2009) 17: 225. doi:10.1007/s11273-008-9102-x
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The contribution made by saltmarsh to the production of estuarine zooplankton was examined through a comparison of inputs and outputs of tidal water at a site on Towra Point, NSW, Australia. Saltmarsh proved to be a net exporter of crab and gastropod larvae, although it functioned as a sink for copepods and amphipods. Further, the highest density of zooplankton in estuarine nearshore habitats (saltmarsh, mangrove, seagrass, and open water) during a high tide event was found in the saltmarsh. The presence of high concentrations of zooplankton, predominantly crab and gastropod larvae, in the saltmarsh and lesser extent in the mangrove represents a source of food for estuarine fish.