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A 13C/12C comparison of food webs in Caribbean seagrass meadows and coral reefs

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Date Issued:
1982
Title: A 13C/12C comparison of food webs in Caribbean seagrass meadows and coral reefs.
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Name(s): Fry, B., creator
Lutes, R., creator
Northam, M., creator
Parker, P. L., creator
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Article
Issuance: single unit
Date Issued: 1982
Publisher: Elsevier B.V.
Extent: 11 p.
Physical Description: pdf
Language(s): English
Identifier: 3331838 (digitool), FADT3331838 (IID), fau:6117 (fedora), 10.1016/0304-3770(82)90112-7 (doi)
Note(s): Stable carbon isotope analyses of more than 140 plant, animal, and sediment samples from the Miskito Banks, Nicaragua and St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, were used to assess carbon flow in Caribbean seagrass meadows and coral reefs. Plants at the base of food webs had widely divergent δ 13C values, ranging from −4.0 (Syringodium filiforme Kütz) to −34.7% (an unidentified red alga). Isotopic values of 13 of 35 algal species ranged from −8.8 to −15.0%, and were similar to the −9.9 to −13.2% values of the dominant Caribbean seagrass, Thalassia testudinum Banks ex Koenig. This isotopic similarity prevented a clear assessment of the role that Thalassia plays in supporting Caribbean food webs.
This manuscript is an author version with the final publication available at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/03043770 and may be cited as: Fry, B., Lutes, R., Northam, M., & Parker, P. L. (1982). A 13C/12C comparison of food webs in Caribbean seagrass meadows and coral reefs. Aquatic Botany, 14, 389-398. doi:10.1016/0304-3770(82)90112-7
Florida Atlantic University. Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute contribution #289.
Subject(s): Carbon--Isotopes--Analysis
Seagrasses
Coral reefs and islands--Caribbean Area
Food webs
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/FCLA/DT/3331838
Links: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0304-3770(82)90112-7
Restrictions on Access: ©1982 Elsevier B.V.
Owner Institution: FAU