Inter-annual variability of soft bottom macrofaunal communities in two Ionian Sea lagoons

  • Artemis Nicolaidou
  • Konstantinos Petrou
  • Konstantinos Ar. Kormas
  • Sofia Reizopoulou
Part of the Developments in Hydrobiology book series (DIHY, volume 183)


Inter-annual variation in the composition of the soft bottom macrobenthic communities of two undisturbed lagoons, in Amvrakikos Gulf, Ionian Sea, Greece, was investigated over three consecutive summers. The environmental parameters that showed the greatest variability were organic carbon of the sediment and salinity. The species found were typical of lagoonal systems, the most common and abundant of which were Abra ovata, Mytilaster minimus and, in the most enclosed areas, larvae of chironomids. Multivariate analysis registered community changes, which were mostly caused by changes in species dominance. Structural community characteristics such as number of species, number of individuals and diversity did not show significant differences among years except in the stations with least water exchange with the sea.

Key words

Lagoons benthos Amvrakikos Greece temporal variations 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Artemis Nicolaidou
    • 1
  • Konstantinos Petrou
    • 1
  • Konstantinos Ar. Kormas
    • 1
  • Sofia Reizopoulou
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Zoology — Marine Biology, School of BiologyUniversity of AthensAthensGreece
  2. 2.Hellenic Centre for Marine ResearchAttikiGreece

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