The population structure, sex ratio and reproductive potential of limpets (Patella spp.) on natural shores and artificial structures in the Irish Sea

Hannah S. Earp, Ruby George, Paul R. Brooks, Veronica Farrugia Drakard, Bryan J. Thompson, Benjamin Fisher, Róisín Hayden, Tasman P. Crowe, Pippa J. Moore

Allbwn ymchwil: Cyfraniad at gyfnodolynErthygladolygiad gan gymheiriaid

3 Dyfyniadau (Scopus)
109 Wedi eu Llwytho i Lawr (Pure)

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Artificial structures often support depauperate communities compared to natural rocky shores. Understanding variation in ecological success across shore types, particularly regarding habitat-forming species or those with structuring roles, is important to determine how artificial structure proliferation may influence ecosystem functioning and services. We investigated the population structure, sex ratio and reproductive potential of limpets on natural shores and artificial structures on Irish Sea coasts. Limpets were generally less abundant and Patella vulgata populations were often male dominated on artificial structures compared to natural shores, suggesting that shore type may influence these factors. P. vulgata length varied across sites within the Irish Sea (nested in coast and shore type) in autumn/winter, as well as temporally across sites along the Welsh coast. There was no difference in the proportion of P. vulgata in advanced stages of gonad development across shore types. The results suggest that rip-rap artificial structures may provide a habitat comparable to natural shores, however, the addition of ecological engineering interventions on artificial structures may allow limpet populations to better approximate those on natural shores.
Iaith wreiddiolSaesneg
Rhif yr erthygl105853
Nifer y tudalennau13
CyfnodolynMarine Environmental Research
Cyfrol184
Dyddiad ar-lein cynnar28 Rhag 2022
Dynodwyr Gwrthrych Digidol (DOIs)
StatwsCyhoeddwyd - 01 Chwef 2023

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  • ECOSTRUCTURE

    Ironside, J. (Prif Ymchwilydd)

    Interreg (EU)

    01 Maw 201730 Medi 2022

    Prosiect: Ymchwil a ariannwyd yn allanol

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