Chesapeake Science

, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 360–369

Identification and description of macrobenthic communities in the Calvert Cliffs region of the Chesapeake Bay

  • Nancy K. Mountford
  • A. F. Holland
  • J. A. Mihursky
Article

DOI: 10.2307/1350591

Cite this article as:
Mountford, N.K., Holland, A.F. & Mihursky, J.A. Chesapeake Science (1977) 18: 360. doi:10.2307/1350591

Abstract

The macrobenthos (>1.0 mm) in the Calvert Cliffs region of the Chesapeake Bay was sampled over a three year period (1971–1974). Four distinct communities (shell, 3 m sand, 6 m muddy-sand, 9 m mud) were identified and described using single-linkage cluster and discriminant analyses. Substrate characteristics were the major environmental factor controlling the spatial distribution of macrobenthic communities within the study area, and within a habitat communities were relatively homogeneous throughout the region. The structure of the 6 m muddy-sand community variously resembled the 3 m sand or the 9-m mud community depending upon season and year.

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© Estuarine Research Federation 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Nancy K. Mountford
    • 1
  • A. F. Holland
    • 2
  • J. A. Mihursky
    • 1
  1. 1.Chesapeake Biological LaboratoryHallowing Point Field StationPrince Frederick
  2. 2.Environmental Technology CenterMartin Marietta CorporationBaltimore

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