NOTES AND NEWS FURTHER RECORDS OF MEIOFAUNA PREDATION AND IMPLICATIONS FOR THE COMMUNITY STABILITY BY DAVID C. HOCKIN Culterty Field Station, Department of Zoology, University of Aberdeen, Newburgh, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, U.K. The importance of predation in regulating terrestrial herbivore populations has been emphasised by Hairston et al. (1960). Although their argument is not directly applicable to marine ecosystems (Steele, 1974), Fleeger (1980) con- cludes, in the absence of species microhabitat specialisations, that predation must regulate the populations within the meiofauna community. A similar conclusion was reached by Bell & Coull (1978). Predation of the meiofauna has been reported for fish (Arlt, 1973; Arndt & Nehls, 1964; Braber & Groot, 1973; Bregnballe, 1961; Feller & Kaczynski, 1975; Healey, unpubl., 1971, 1972; Silbert et al., 1978; Summers, unpubl., 1979), for larger crustaceans (Bell & Coull, 1978; Sameoto, 1969; Sikora, unpubl.), for turbellarians (McIntyre et al., 1970), by coelenterates (Muus, 1966) and Halacarida (McIntyre, 1964). During a study of the Harpacticoida (Crustacea, Copepoda) of a small inter- tidal sand beach in the Ythan estuary, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, predation of the meiofauna by previously unreported predators has been observed. Preda- tion of the interstitial Harpacticoid species Arenopontia subterranea Kunz, of the family
Crustaceana – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1982
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