Author(s): Zhou H
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Abstract The responses of major meiofaunal taxa and nematode species assemblage to the decaying leaf litter of the mangrove Kandelia candel were investigated through a field colonization experiment in subtropical Hong Kong. Sixty-four replicate azoic and organic-free sediment cores were treated with leaf litter additions of 0x, 0.5x, 1x and 2x natural sediment organic concentration, respectively, and retrieved 1, 10, 30 and 60 days post-placement. Replicate cores of ambient sediment were also taken at each sampling date to provide baseline information. Results of ANOVAs suggested that either different meiofaunal taxa responded to the leaf litter in different ways or the response of the same taxon changed over decomposition time. Multivariate ordination performed on nematodes revealed an alteration in community structure after 10, 30 and 60 days between controls and treatments. This alteration was attributed to some deposit feeding nematodes, particularly a bacterivorous species, Diplolaimella sp., which bloomed in all the cores treated with leaf litter, testifying to the important role such meiofauna plays in the process of detritus decomposition.
This article was published in J Exp Mar Bio Ecol
and referenced in Journal of Bioremediation & Biodegradation