Marine Biology

, Volume 101, Issue 2, pp 249–257 | Cite as

Response of a coral-associated crustacean community to eutrophication

  • P. V. R. Snelgrove
  • J. B. Lewis


Seventy-five samples of the crustacean fauna associated with the coral Madracis mirabilis (Duchassaing and Michelotti) were obtained at five sites along the west coast of Barbados in 1985. Samples were analyzed to determine whether any community response to eutrophication was evident. Ordination (multidimensional scaling) and classification (group average clustering) based on Bray-Curtis dissimilarity measures separated the fauna of highly eutrophied sites from those that were less eutrophied. Dominance plots based on relative abundance and log-normal plotting methods were ineffective in distinguishing the fauna of eutrophied sites. The crustacean fauna responded to eutrophication mainly by reduction of density of animals. No differences in species richness, number of site endemic species or rare species were observed between highly eutrophied and less eutrophied sites. Nine “indicator” species of eutrophy were identified on the basis of strong density differences between sites.


Species Richness Relative Abundance West Coast Multidimensional Scaling Rare Species 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. V. R. Snelgrove
    • 1
  • J. B. Lewis
    • 2
  1. 1.Biology DepartmentWoods Hole Oceanographic InstituteWoods HoleUSA
  2. 2.Department of BiologyMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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