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Corpus Systématique Animale

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Spatial and temporal strategies in the surface activity of some sandy beach arthropods living along the French Atlantic Coast

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  • I. Colombini 1
  • A. Aloia 1
  • M. Fallaci 1
  • L. Chelazzi 1
  • 1) Centro di Studio per la Faunistica ed Ecologia Tropicali del C.N.R., Via Romana 17, I-50125, Firenze, Italia

During a field study on the eco-ethology of sandy beach arthropods conducted along the French Atlantic Coast it emerged thatTylos europaeus, Phaleria cadaverina andLabidura riparia were among the most abundant species that lived in the eulittoral. Tetradirectional pitfall traps, placed from the base of the dune to the tidal limits, were used. The traps intercepted surface-active arthropods, and the number of traps varied according to the levels of the tides. Data were recorded hourly during two periods corresponding to a spring tide and the following neap tide. At the saine time the most important environmental parameters were registered each hour. The results indicate that all three species show prevalently nocturnal surface activities. ForT. europaeus andPh. cadaverina an influence of the synodic and tidal phases was found on the zonation of the surface activity and on the extent of movement. The latter was due to the greater or smaller distances that the isopods and tenebrionids had to move from the diurnal burrowing sites to the foraging zones. ForL. riparia no variations in the total mean zonations were found between the two synodic phases, and only at neap tide were seaward, followed by landward movements found. Multiple regression analysis showed that the environmental parameters registered in this period were never limiting, as threshold values in this case probably were not reached.

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  • 1 - natural sciences
  • 2 - biology
  • 3 - marine biology & hydrobiology
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  • 1 - sciences appliquees, technologies et medecines
  • 2 - sciences biologiques et medicales
  • 3 - sciences biologiques fondamentales et appliquees. psychologie
  • 4 - invertebres
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  • 1 - Physical Sciences ; 2 - Environmental Science ; 3 - Ecology
  • 1 - Life Sciences ; 2 - Agricultural and Biological Sciences ; 3 - Aquatic Science
  • 1 - Life Sciences ; 2 - Agricultural and Biological Sciences ; 3 - Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
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  • 1 - science ; 2 - marine & freshwater biology
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Marine Biology

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