Hydrobiological Bulletin

, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 133–140

Applicability of the abundance/biomass comparison method to detect pollution effects on intertidal macrobenthic communities

Authors

  • J. A. Craeymeersch
    • Delta Institute for Hydrobiological Research
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF02260430

Cite this article as:
Craeymeersch, J.A. Hydrobiological Bulletin (1991) 24: 133. doi:10.1007/BF02260430

Abstract

Data are presented to evaluate further the ‘abundance/biomass comparison’ method for the detection of pollution disturbance in marine benthic communities. The results suggest that this technique cannot be used in estuarine intertidal communities. The ‘grossly polluted’ configurations appeared under unpolluted conditions, while ‘undisturbed’ patterns were found under polluted conditions. The results support similar conclusions by BEUKEMA (1988) for the intertidal flats of the Dutch Wadden Sea.

Keywords

methodpollutionbenthosintertidalOosterscheldeWesterschelde
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