Epizoic Diatoms On Gastropod Shells

When Substrate Complexity Selects for Microcommunity Complexity
  • Domenico D’alelio
  • Maria Teresa Cante
  • Giovanni Fulvio Russo
  • Cecilia Totti
  • Mario De Stefano
Part of the Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology book series (COLE, volume 16)


Complexity pervades biological systems at any scale: from microbes to higher organisms, from individuals to populations, from communities to ecosystems. The degree of organization of plant and animal populations, their trophic relationships, and ecological associations is currently explored in ecology. Biodiversity and community structure are strongly influenced by the complexity of those relationships, in addition to the interplaying between multiple environmental conditions. On the other hand, complexity in microcommunities has not been solved yet. For instance, the role of substrates in shaping the diversity and structure of biofouling communities is virtually unexplored.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Domenico D’alelio
    • 1
    • 4
  • Maria Teresa Cante
    • 1
  • Giovanni Fulvio Russo
    • 2
  • Cecilia Totti
    • 3
  • Mario De Stefano
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Environmental Sciences2nd University of NaplesCasertaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Environmental SciencesUniversity of Naples ParthenopeNapoliItaly
  3. 3.Department of Marine SciencesPolytechnical University of the MarcheVia Brecce Bianche AnconaItaly
  4. 4.Iasma Research and Innovation CentreFondazione Edmund MachSan Michele all’AdigeItaly

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