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Hydrobiologia

, Volume 310, Issue 2, pp 101–106 | Cite as

Chitin production by Ampelisca (Amphipoda) populations from a fine sand community in the Bay of Morlaix (English channel)

  • Marie-Françoise Voss-Foucart
  • Jean-Claude Dauvin
  • Charles Jeuniaux
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Abstract

We measured chitin biomass and production in five species of Ampelisca (Crustacea Amphipoda) living on a fine sand community at ‘Pierre Noire Station’ in the Bay of Morlaix (Western English Channel, Brittany, France). Taking into account the maxima of their mean total production, the annual chitin production was estimated at between 600 and 900 mg m−2 yr−1. These values are close to those of the chitin production of pioneering benthic communities growing on naked substrates in the coastal waters of Calvi bay (Mediterranean, Corsica) between 7 to 28 meter depth, and of the zooplankton of that same area.

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Chitin production Amphipod Ampelisca 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marie-Françoise Voss-Foucart
    • 1
  • Jean-Claude Dauvin
    • 2
  • Charles Jeuniaux
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoires de Morphologie, Systématique et Ecologie animalesInstitut Ed. Van BenedenLiègeBelgium
  2. 2.Laboratoire de Biologie des Invertébrés Marins et MalacologieMuséum National d'Histoire NaturelleParis Cedex 05France

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