Ecol Res DOI 10.1007/s11284-018-1624-y ORIGINAL ARTICLE • • Quan Chen Shuguang Jian Keming Ma Pimao Chen Differences in macrobenthic faunal communities in mangrove wetland habitats (Zhanjiang, China) invaded and non-invaded by exotic cordgrass Spartina alterniﬂora Received: 26 February 2018 / Accepted: 9 May 2018 The Ecological Society of Japan 2018 Abstract Mangroves are essential for maintaining local shoal vs. an S. alterniﬂora-invaded shoal that had ra- biodiversity and human well-being, and mangrove pidly become an S. alterniﬂora monoculture in Zhan- structure and functioning depend on the macrobenthos. jiang, China. S. alterniﬂora invasion signiﬁcantly Although exotic cordgrass, Spartina alterniﬂora,is an increased plant density regardless of invaded habitat but increasing threat to the mangrove wetlands (including signiﬁcantly increased the contents of total carbon, or- the associated unvegetated shoals) of China, its eﬀects ganic matter, and total sulfur in the sediment only in the on the macrobenthic fauna in such wetlands is poorly unvegetated shoal. The presence of S. alterniﬂora had understood. The macrobenthic faunal communities were little inﬂuence on indices of the macrobenthic faunal compared in (1) an Avicennia marina monoculture vs. an community in the A. marina monoculture, but signiﬁ- S. alterniﬂora-invaded A. marina stand (a mixture of A. cantly
Ecological Research – Springer Journals
Published: May 29, 2018
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