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Intertidal and Subtidal Filter-Feeders in Southern Africa

  • A. H. Dye
  • M. H. Schleyer
  • G. Lambert
  • T. A. Lasiak
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 103)

Abstract

The role of physical and biological factors in structuring intertidal floras and faunas has been studied extensively (Lewis 1964; Stephenson and Stephenson 1972). Physical factors, such as temperature and desiccation, tend to set upper limits on the intertidal distribution of organisms, whereas biological factors, such as competition for food and space, as well as predators, determine the distribution and abundance of populations in the lower intertidal zones (Underwood 1980; Underwood and Denley 1984). The interplay of physical and biological factors with episodic events, such as storms, creates a complex spatial and temporal heterogeneity in rocky shore assemblages, and it is against this background that the effects of human exploitation should be assessed.

Keywords

Rocky Shore Lower Intertidal Zone Coastal People Rock Oyster Open Rock 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. H. Dye
  • M. H. Schleyer
  • G. Lambert
  • T. A. Lasiak

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